In his four seasons at North Carolina, senior forward Leaky Black has seen the highs and lows of UNC basketball.
He’s played on a team with three first round NBA draft picks, and he’s also played on a team that missed the NCAA Tournament. Black has swept the Duke Blue Devils in the regular season, and he's been swept by the team’s in-state rival while at UNC. He’s played under Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams and first-year head coach Hubert Davis.
But on Sunday, Black will do something he’s never done as a Tar Heel — play in the Elite Eight.
The furthest he’s been in the tournament was the Sweet 16 in 2019, when his team lost to Auburn.
In his next two seasons, his team went a combined 32-30 and played in just one NCAA Tournament game, losing to Wisconsin, 85-62.
Now in his senior season, Black has the opportunity to take those experiences and guide the team against St. Peter’s on Sunday.
“I just try to feed the guys to just stay hungry for success,” Black said.
He’s embraced his role at North Carolina as a defensive stalwart. He’s often tasked with the team’s toughest assignment, whether it’s Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Syracuse’s Buddy Boeheim or Virginia’s Kihei Clark.
His ability to defend all five positions changes the dynamic of UNC’s defense and makes it difficult for many opponents to reach their average point totals.