A college basketball used for March Madness. Mar 23, 2023; New York, NY, USA; The tournament logo is seen on a Wilson game ball is seen prior to the game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Kansas State Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Caleb Love was a crucial piece to the North Carolina Tar Heels’ run to the National Championship Game in 2022, with 30 points in the team’s Sweet 16 win over UCLA and 28 points in their win over Duke in the Final Four.

The 6’4″ guard proceeded to be the Tar Heels’ leading scorer in the 2022-23 college basketball season, averaging 16.7 points per game.

Well, in March, Love announced that he was entering the transfer portal. And in April, he announced that he was transferring to the University of Michigan.

But it turns out that Love will not be playing for the Wolverines in the 2023-24 season after all.

On Wednesday, Matt Norlander of CBS Sports tweeted that Love won’t attend Michigan and will return to the portal. Love “did not have the subsequent credits to transfer” to Michigan, according to Norlander.

Norlander added that “returning to UNC is not on the table” for Love.

So, a proven college basketball star returns to the transfer portal, and it’s a big “loss” (despite Love never playing a game at Michigan) for head coach Juwan Howard and the Wolverines. And this news comes after former Michigan star Hunter Dickinson transferred to Kansas.

In response to the news, college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman of Stadium tweeted, “I’m not sure Michigan was gonna be good next season with Caleb Love … but at least they would have been entertaining. Completely underwhelming roster.”

Love “now becomes the best available player in the portal,” according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello.

Don Thomas tweeted, “This decision went beyond the control of both Caleb and Juwan. Once again, Michigan gets in its own way. If they don’t evolve with NIL and transfer admissions, hoops especially will revert to the dark ages.”

[Matt Norlander on Twitter]

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