Armando Bacot has made a decision about his college basketball future. The UNC star was mulling over the option of going pro after averaging 16 points and 10 boards a night last season.
To the delight of North Carolina fans everywhere, he’s decided to return to Chapel Hill. That decision has led to an eruption of response on social media.
Bacot took the world by storm in the Tar Heels’ 2022 NCAA Tournament run. The big man was named All-Tourney and All-Region after helping his squad reach the national championship game.
The Heels would lose that final game to Kansas, falling 72-69, but the postseason success provided momentum heading into the next year.
UNC entered the 2022-23 season as the No. 1 team, with many predicting a similar run deep into the Big Dance. Unfortunately, the Tar Heels fell well short of expectation.
Not only was a Final Four run off the table, but the program became the first preseason No. 1 to miss the NCAA Tournament in the modern era.
Armando Bacot had some thoughts about his team’s lackluster performance, saying, “It’s definitely something we all didn’t imagine. I guess we all just weren’t good enough individually… The story of this year was talking about last year.”
Apparently, he’s not one to go out on a sour note.
On Wednesday, he announced his decision to return to the Tar Heels for the 2023-24 season. Despite averaging a double-double for UNC on the floor, he believes that this is the best decision for his future.
Jeff Goodman broke the news on Twitter, which prompted a hilarious response from Bacot.
— Armando Bacot Jr. (@iget_buckets35) March 22, 2023
Bacot showed a picture of former Kansas player Perry Ellis, insinuating that he’ll be the ‘old head’ in the locker room come next season.
Ellis played for the Jayhawks for four seasons, starting as a freshman. His extended presence on the court, along with a ceding hairline, led many to make jokes about his age. He was seemingly in Lawrence for 15 seasons.
Now, Armando Bacot will return for his fifth year in Chapel Hill after having already started 131 games for the Heels. Many quickly responded to his comical post.
This is an A+ tweet. Feel like he played at Kansas for 10 years
— . (@kdenthecasual) March 22, 2023
Tweet of the year nominee
— justin buchman (@j_buch18) March 22, 2023
Some might say he’s living the dream. Who wouldn’t want to stay in college an extra year (or two, or three?)
— Jason Madson (@CoachJMAD) March 22, 2023
Bacot might have a new name in the locker room next season.
These freshman gonna call you Uncle Mondo
Kidding, glad to have you back to set all the records!
— Jonathan Owens (@jonbowens) March 22, 2023
He could soon reach legend status at UNC. This tweet was a nice start.
Armando you’re a legend for this post lmaooo
— Breyden Moore (@BreydenMoore) March 22, 2023
Armando Bacot will hope to get the Tar Heels back to the NCAA Tournament in 2024. He’ll try to regain some of that postseason magic and lead the program on another run next year.