June 22, 2024
The 2024-25 UNC basketball roster could benefit from the elite shot-blocking of Ugonna Onyenso.

Even if the UNC basketball recruiters reel in former Vanderbilt forward Ven-Allen Lubin, they’d still have two more scholarships available for the 2024-25 season. And it seems they’d still need either a starting center or at least a capable backup to rising junior Jalen Washington should Hubert Davis and his staff believe Washington is ready for a starter’s load of minutes at the five.

Ugonna Onyenso, a 7-footer from Nigeria who spent two seasons developing his skills at Kentucky before entering the transfer portal and declaring for the NBA Draft this spring, looks like the most promising option for the Tar Heels.The new-look Tar Heels demolished St. Augustine's 117-53 in exhibition play  - Tar Heel Blog

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According to college hoops expert Adam Zagoria, six programs remain in play for Onyenso: UNC, Oklahoma, Louisville, Mississippi State, Alabama, and Georgetown. But judging by available minutes and chatter among insiders, it appears the Onyenso sweepstakes is coming down to his UNC basketball suitors, now the perceived favorite, and fellow ACC school Louisville.

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