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NCAA Basketball: Analyzing top 5 options for Kentucky transfer Adou Thiero

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North Carolina Tar Heels

Coming off earning a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament and winning an ACC title, the Tar Heels are back to being a premier national program after a one-year hiatus. They’re a program that can sell Theiro a similar role as Harrison Ingram, who is now in the NBA Draft after a big past season as an impact transfer.

Although Armando Bacot is gone, UNC will be a national contender again, as long as 21 ppg scoring guard RJ Davis is back for another year. But even if he isn’t, then Thiero could simply have an even larger role in the offense compared to what he had at Kentucky.

Pittsburgh Panthers

Pittsburgh made the cut for being the “hometown” team for Thiero, whose family grew up in the area and have a younger sister playing high school ball there. His father played at Duquesne but the A-10 school isn’t a viable contender. Neither was the Panthers a couple of years ago until they’ve been able to turn it around as a program these past two seasons.

Although they’ve lost Blake Hinson and Bub Carrington, there’s still plenty of talent on the current roster, including guards Jaland Lowe and Ishmael Leggett, along with the addition of a couple of transfer pickups (Damian Dunn and Cameron Corhen).

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The sell would be for Thiero to come home and have a large role in the frontcourt. Pairing him and forward Zack Austin would give Pittsburgh one of the most athletic wing combos in all of NCAA Basketball. But are the Panthers good enough to overcome the big names on this list?