Cliff Omoruyi’s decision to commit to Alabama prompts the question: What are the next steps for the UNC basketball program?

Hubert Davis and the UNC basketball program suffer another setback in the transfer portal, missing out on yet another top big man. With options dwindling, the focus now shifts to what’s next for the Tar Heels.

It appears that Jalen Washington will likely step into the starting center role for the 2024-2025 season. With three scholarships remaining, North Carolina will probably seek to add another big man to complement the rising junior.

Washington seems prepared to assume a larger role after biding his time behind Armando Bacot. However, depth behind Washington is a concern, as the current options at the center position on the roster are limited. While Jae’Lyn Withers and Zayden High could potentially fill in, they are more suited to the power forward position. Freshman James Brown could also be in the mix, but his readiness for significant minutes remains uncertain.

While Omoruyi’s decision to choose Alabama is disappointing for the Tar Heels, there are still numerous options available for Davis and his staff to explore. Despite the setback, there is optimism that the program can address its needs on the upcoming roster.

Regarding Omoruyi’s recruitment, if it indeed came down to NIL money, it raises questions about whether he aligns with the ethos of the UNC basketball program.

With several roster spots still to fill, Tar Heel fans are eager to see how Davis and his team will adapt. It’s likely that they have a plan in place to address the remaining holes on the roster for the 2024-2025 season.

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