Caleb Love will be back for his sophomore season in Chapel Hill.
One week after North Carolina’s 2020-21 season came to a close, Love announced on Twitter that he will return for the 2021-22 campaign.
unfinished business!! let’s go!!💙
— Caleb Love (@caleb2love) March 27, 2021
As a freshman, Love appeared in 29 games — making 26 starts. The 6-foot-4 point guard averaged 10.5 points, 3.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Love entered UNC with a great deal of NBA hype; however, he struggled on both ends of the floor this season. There were flashes; Love would intercept a pass and finish with fury in transition. However, a lack of burst and frigid pull-up shoot numbers caused his efficiency to crater. Love shot just 32 percent from the field and 27 percent on his 3-point attempts.
Caleb Love finishes his freshman season with 305 points on 329 FGA — 32 FG%, 35 2P%, 27 3P%, 37 eFG%, 24% FTA rate
Struggled with burst, ability to separate from defenders. Cracking the paint off a live dribble never really came with ease. Pull-up shooting should improve, though
— Brian Geisinger (@bgeis_bird) March 20, 2021
On the defensive end, Love was routinely caught ball-watching in help situations. Love is set to be the highest-rated recruit in the ACC from the 2020 class to return for his sophomore season.
The frontcourt with Armando Bacot and Garrison Brooks is a bit of mystery; however, Roy Williams can be some level of confidence with Love back. North Carolina should have firepower in the backcourt: Love, RJ Davis and Kerwin Walton.