Jeremiah Francis was a member of North Carolina’s vaunted 2019 recruiting class. He was the first player to commit in that cycle, giving his pledge all the way back in August 2017.
His first season in Chapel Hill didn’t go exactly as planned. North Carolina obviously disappointed, going 14-19 and getting knocked out in the ACC Tournament, before the remainder of that event was canceled. Personally, he was limited by injury during the year as well.
Francis played in 16 total games, averaging 3.3 points and 1.6 assists in 13.6 minutes per game.
He is now entering the transfer portal ahead of the 2020-21 season. The Ohio native had other strong offers out of high school, including Dayton, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue, TCU, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. We’ll see which schools get involved now.
North Carolina freshman Jeremiah Francis is transferring, he told ESPN. Averaged 3.3 points and 1.6 assists last season; played 16 games due to injury.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 23, 2020
Francis was a three-star composite recruit coming out of Pickerington Central High School. 247 ranked him No. 179 overall in the class.
He was the No. 19 point guard and No. 4 recruit out of the state of Ohio in the 2019 class.
He is not the only departing guard for North Carolina. Earlier this week, Cole Anthony, a candidate for the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, officially declared, and is leaving the Tar Heels.
The 2020 class will bring some serious backcourt talent, though. Five-star point guard Caleb Love and four-star combo guard R.J. Davis are two of five blue-chip players joining Roy Williams’ program. The class is currently ranked No. 3 in the country.
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