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UNC’s Kerwin Walton enters the transfer portal

CHAPEL HILL, NC – North Carolina flew Kerwin Walton has entered the transfer portal, 247Sports confirmed on Sunday, which was the last day to enter before the portal closes for eligibility for the 2022-23 season. This happens four days after Walton entered the NBA Draft process. Walton’s exit would mean the UNC has a scholarship available for the upcoming season.

Walton, a 6-foot-5 rising junior, averaged 3.4 points on 37.3% shooting (35.4 3FG%), while averaging 13.4 minutes in 31 games played in 2021-22 . The native of Hopkins, Minn., Provided offensive firepower to Roy Williams’ last team as a rookie, but his role was diminished during UNC’s national title fight last season.

As a freshman, Walton won the program’s Marvin Williams Carolina Way Award, given to Tar Heel, who most exemplifies playing hard and being a team player. He thrived both on and off the field and earned a spot on the Academic All-ACC team while leading the team in 3-pointers (58) and 3-point field goal percentage (42.0). The 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard set the UNC freshman record for the highest 3-point field goal percentage with at least 50 made threes – a record previously held by Rashad McCants (41.4) in 2002-03 – and started the Carolinas last 20 matches outside of Senior Night against Duke.

Walton’s freshman spark was missing in his second season under first-year head coach Hubert Davis, who challenged the sniper wing to be more aggressive offensively early in the season.

(Photo: Jim Hawkins / Inside Carolina)

“[I have to be] more conscious in terms of calling specific plays for him, “Davis said in December. ham. But it is also a two-way street, so he must also be aggressive. He has done a great job in practice. Like I said before, I think he’s one of the better shooters and basketball players in the country. I’m really looking forward to him getting more aggressive out there on the floor. We are able to intentionally set screens, look for him and get him open because he – at both ends of the floor, but specifically offensively – is someone who can really help this team a lot.

“One of the things I told him is that he’s going to have to be more aggressive. He’s going to have to move more. One of the ways is to set up screens. I’re always thought that the person who normally sets the screen, it’s the one that usually gets open, but he has to actively work hard to get out of the screen, to run in the transition, to be hard to guard. “

Walton averaged 10 points through UNC’s first three games and then reached double-digit only once more throughout the season. He attempted six field goal attempts in 29 minutes in total during UNC’s last 13 matches.

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