All-American RJ Davis Returning to North Carolina for Fifth Season

The star point guard announced his decision with a social media post early Wednesday morning.
Mar 9, 2024; Durham, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard RJ Davis (4) controls the
Mar 9, 2024; Durham, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard RJ Davis (4) controls the / Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina star point guard RJ Davis, a first-team AP All-American last season, announced that he will be returning for his fifth and final college season in Chapel Hill.

Davis posted a video to his personal Instagram account early Wednesday morning with a simple caption:

"I'm back."

Davis, who was also named ACC Player of the Year, averaged 21.2 points and 3.5 assists per game on 42.8% shooting from the floor and a 39.8% mark from three.

Despite the losses to the starting lineup of last year's team, including Armando Bacot and Cormac Ryan to graduation and Harrison Ingram to the NBA draft, Davis's return to the fold provides veteran leadership and star power to a program that's still likely to land in the preseason top 10.

UNC has two consensus top 10 recruits in the country joining the program in guard Ian Jackson and wing Drake Powell, and have earned the commitment of sharpshooting Belmont transfer Cade Tyson, who averaged 16.2 points per game last season and shot 46.5% from three on 5.5 attempts per game.

Carolina is now in prime position to compete atop the ACC heading into the 2024-25 season.

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