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Dawson Garcia Pulls Out Of Draft, Transfers To UNC

Giving UNC a solid pair of big men

Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament - Marquette v Georgetown
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 10: Dawson Garcia #33 of the Marquette Golden Eagles looks to pass against Qudus Wahab #34 of the Georgetown Hoyas during the second half of their first round game of the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2021 in New York City.
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UNC got a major addition Thursday when Dawson Garcia pulled out of the NBA Draft and decided to leave Shaka Smart’s nascent Marquette program - he had played for Steve Wojciechowski before Wojo was fired - and will now play for UNC, starting this fall.

This answers one big question we had about Hubert Davis’s program: would he continue with the Dean Smith/Roy WIlliams tradition of using two big men? Or would he modernize and go with a more positionless plan?

It looks as if he’ll stick with the basic scheme. Garcia wouldn’t be going to UNC if he weren’t pretty sure he’d be starting alongside Armando Bacot.

It also gives UNC a big boost in general and puts them in contention for the ACC again.

And it’s worth mentioning that he’ll be facing off against his former teammate Theo John, who is now a Blue Devil. It also underscores our theory that Duke and UNC tend to run together in many ways. Your iconic coach retires? Ours is right behind him. You win a natty? We got next year, don’t worry about it.

It just seems to happen that way with these two programs, so picking off Marquette’s big men seems only natural.