McKoy takes scenic route, transferring to Hawaii for fifth college season

By R.L. Bynum

On the day Carolina announced it would play in Hawaii in November 2024, Justin McKoy announced he’d head there next season.

McKoy, who played two seasons at UNC after transferring from Virginia, said on social media on Tuesday evening that he is transferring to Hawaii for his fifth college season.

“Next Chapter. The Marathon Continues,” McKoy posted on social media, with a checkered-flag emoji. Hawaii went 22–11 last season, losing in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament.

Earlier Tuesday, UNC announced it would play in the Maui Invitational in the 2024–25 season. Also in the field for the event Nov. 25–27, 2024, will be Auburn, Colorado, Dayton, Iowa State, Memphis, Michigan State and the 2023 NCAA champion Connecticut.

It will be after McKoy exhausts his eligibility, but Carolina will play at Hawaii on Nov. 22, 2024, before going to Maui, according to the Hawaii men’s basketball Twitter account.

McKoy grew up in Cary, is the all-time leading scorer at Panther Creek High School with 2,054 points and earned second-team all-state honors his senior season.

After playing 33 games in two seasons for the Cavaliers and averaging 2.5 points and 9.6 minutes per game, only the number of games went up during his two seasons at Carolina. In 41 games for the Tar Heels, he averaged 1.2 points and 6.6 minutes per game.

He scored 50 points in 269 minutes in his two seasons at Carolina. McKoy came to Chapel Hill with a reputation as a good perimeter shooter but made only five of 19 3-point attempts at UNC.

Six of McKoy’s top seven scoring games in his first four college seasons were at Virginia, with his career-high 11 points on Nov. 27, 2020, in the No. 4-ranked Cavaliers’ 61–60 upset loss to San Francisco in Uncasville, Conn. His UNC-high was six points on Feb. 11 last season in the 91–71 home victory over Clemson.

Last season, McKoy only played double-digit minutes twice, scoring two points in both games: 17 minutes in the 88–79 home victory Jan. 4 over Wake Forest and 15 minutes on Jan. 10 in the 65–58 loss at Virginia.

McKoy played the entire overtime period in the second-round 9387 NCAA tournament victory in 2022 over Baylor.

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

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