Will Shaver commits to Belmont

By R.L. Bynum

The fifth of the six Carolina players to enter the transfer portal has committed.

Will Shaver, who played only six minutes over three games for Carolina before getting hurt, will play at Belmont with likely four years remaining eligibility.

“Nashville what’s up?” Shaver said in announcing his plans on social media.

Belmont went 21–11 last season, going 14–6 in the Missouri Valley Conference and losing 94–91 to Indiana State in the first round of the league’s tournament. The Bruins last made the NCAA tournament in 2019.

Shaver’s only points as a Tar Heel were two free throws in the four-overtime 104–101 loss to Alabama. He only attempted one shot and pulled down one rebound, both coming in the 100–67 victory over The Citadel.

Shaver broke a bone in his left foot during practice before the 80–76 Dec. 21 win against Michigan in Charlotte and had season-ending surgery.

He was a redshirt freshman last season after joining the program at the start of the spring semester during the 2021–22 season. He practiced with the team that season but didn’t play.

Four of the other players transferring out of Carolina’s program have committed: Caleb Love (Michigan), Dontrez Styles (Georgetown), Tyler Nickel (Virginia Tech) and Justin McKoy (Hawaii.). Puff Johnson hasn’t committed yet but was scheduled to visit Butler this week.

UNC roster

Here is a rundown of the Tar Heels’ scholarship players from the just-completed season, with their class should they return next season listed. UNC has two available scholarships.

4Sr.RJ DavisPG6–0175
0Soph.Seth TrimblePG6–3192
13Soph.Jalen Washington46–10225
55th yearArmando Bacot56–11235
Incoming transfers
5th yearCormac Ryan (Notre Dame)36–5195
5th yearPaxton Wojcik (Brown)36–5200
JuniorHarrison Ingram (Stanford)36–7230
SeniorJae’Lyn Withers (Louisville)46–9220
ESPN rankIncoming freshmen
10 (Class
of 2024)
Elliot Cadeau (5 star)PG6–0175
27Simeon Wilcher (4 star)26–3185
64Zayden High (4 star)46–9225
Eligibility over
Leaky Black36–9205
Pete Nance46–11230
Outgoing transfers
Caleb Love (Arizona)26–4200
Dontrez Styles (Georgetown)46–6210
Tyler Nickel (Va. Tech)36–7220
Justin McKoy (Hawaii)46–8220
Puff Johnson (Penn State)36–8200
Will Shaver (UAB)56–10260
In transfer portal
D’Marco Dunn36–5190
ESPN rank2024–25 freshman class
5Ian Jackson (5 star)26–5180
37Drake Powell (4 star)36–5185
48James Brown (4 star)56–9225

Photo via @UNC_Basketball


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