North Carolina lands Virginia transfer Justin McKoy

Mar 6, 2021; Louisville, KY, USA; Virginia player Justin McKoy dunks during the second half as the Louisville Cardinals took on the Virginia Cavaliers at the KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Alton Strupp-USA TODAY Sports

New North Carolina coach Hubert Davis got the first commitment of his tenure, landing transfer Justin McKoy from Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia.

McKoy announced his transfer Saturday on social media.

The commitment to the Tar Heels sends McKoy back home. He played high school basketball at Panther Creek High in Cary, about a 20-minute drive from Chapel Hill. He was recruited by North Carolina while in high school.

McKoy, a 6-foot-8 forward, appeared in 19 games (four starts) for the Cavaliers as a sophomore in 2020-21. He averaged 3.5 points and 3.3 rebounds.

He also shot 48.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent on free throws.

The Tar Heels will have room on their roster next season. Day’Ron Sharpe declared for the NBA Draft, and Garrison Brooks, Walker Kessler, Sterling Manley and Walker Miller entered the transfer portal.

Additionally, Armando Bacot is testing the waters and could return to North Carolina next season.

North Carolina finished the 2020-21 season with an 18-11 record (10-6 ACC) but lost to Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Longtime coach Roy Williams retired after the season, leading to the hiring of Davis, who played for the Tar Heels from 1988-92 and was an assistant to Williams for nine seasons.

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–Field Level Media