Just a week removed from the North Carolina women’s basketball team’s 71-69 loss to Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, junior guard Kennedy Todd-Williams and sophomore forward Destiny Adams announced their decision to enter the transfer portal.
Todd-Williams’ perimeter defense and Adams’ physicality are key components the Tar Heels will look to replace next season. The team will also miss the sharpshooting of redshirt senior guard Eva Hodgson, who used her final year of eligibility.
Whether it’s through her four incoming high school recruits or the transfer portal, head coach Courtney Banghart will be tasked with making some pivotal changes to the roster. Here’s a look at UNC’s current depth chart and what each player brings to the table:
North Carolina’s backcourt is its strength, which begins with junior guard Deja Kelly. The First Team All-ACC selection led the Tar Heels in scoring and playing time, averaging 16.5 points and 35.4 minutes per game, respectively.
While Kelly’s veteran play is a cornerstone of Banghart’s system, first-year guards Paulina Paris and Kayla McPherson emerged as reliable ballhandlers midway through the season. Paris was usually the first guard off the bench when McPherson was injured, but McPherson saw more minutes in postseason play.
Paris is a consistent catch-and-shoot threat from the outside and boasts an impressive ability to finish through traffic with both hands. McPherson is a quality on-ball defender thanks to her athleticism and also demonstrated solid court vision and playmaking.
Incoming first-year Reniya Kelly is expected to round out UNC’s guard rotation. The four-star recruit was named the Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year and is touted for her midrange shooting ability, according to scout evaluations.