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Former UNC basketball player Jalek Felton chooses Slovenia as next destination

<p>North Carolina guard Jalek Felton (5) goes behind the back on Western Carolina guard Matt Halvorsen (2) on Dec. 6 in the Smith Center.</p>
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North Carolina guard Jalek Felton (5) goes behind the back on Western Carolina guard Matt Halvorsen (2) on Dec. 6 in the Smith Center.

Former UNC men's basketball player Jalek Felton has signed a deal to play professional basketball in Slovenia next season. His new team, Petrol Olimpija, announced Felton's decision on Friday.

This has been Felton's first public basketball-related move since he was suspended from the University for an undisclosed reason on Jan. 30, later withdrawing from school in March. Felton decided to leave UNC because, as said in a statement released through lawyer Kerry Sutton, it was "time for a new dream."  

Since then, the expectation has been that Felton would transfer to another school, but he decided to pursue other avenues abroad instead. 

Out of high school, the five-star recruit and No. 1 player in the state of South Carolina in his class, joined classmatesAndrew Platek, Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley, Brandon Huffman and Walker Miller as incoming first-year players in Chapel Hill.Felton is also the nephew of former UNC basketball player Raymond Felton. 

During his short-lived Tar Heel career, Felton appeared in 22 games, averaging 9.7 minutes and 2.9 points per game as an option to sub in for Joel Berry. His days in a UNC jersey were over, though, when his suspension was announced hours before the team suited up to play Clemson in South Carolina. 

The details about why Felton was suspended from UNC were never made public, nor has his former team been able to comment on the situation, due to federal privacy laws. 

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