UNC basketball might have to wait on Matthew Mayer in transfer portal

Matthew Mayer enjoys a moment during Baylor's blowout victory against Norfolk State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

CHAPEL HILL — If North Carolina basketball is to effectively replace Brady Manek’s beard with Baylor transfer Matthew Mayer’s mullet, a waiting game of more than three weeks might be required.

The same time frame also could apply to Northwestern transfer Pete Nance or Milwaukee transfer Patrick Baldwin Jr., if they don’t remain in the NBA Draft pool and the NCAA transfer portal indeed is the route Tar Heels coach Hubert Davis chooses to pursue after having a roster spot become available.

North Carolina reserve guard Kerwin Walton’s decision to enter the portal earlier this week opened up a scholarship, and versatile forwards on the transfer market who blend size and skill such as Mayer, Nance and Baldwin might present beneficial fits for the already loaded Tar Heels, particularly given the invaluable addition Manek proved to be this past season. —

The 6-foot-9 Mayer, 6-10 Nance and 6-9 Baldwin have maintained their college eligibility while going through the pre-draft process, which allows prospects to work out and meet with NBA clubs for the purpose of gaining feedback on their professional standing. The deadline to pull out of NBA Draft consideration is June 1.

Baylor's Matthew Mayer, right, looks to make a move on North Carolina's Leaky Black in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

Davis and the Tar Heels saw Mayer up close in March. North Carolina escaped No. 1 seed Baylor in overtime that day in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32, one of the special victories along the course of the team’s magical ride to the Final Four and national championship game.

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