Duke basketball: UNC starting guards announce future decisions

Duke basketball center Dereck Lively blocks RJ Davis (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball center Dereck Lively blocks RJ Davis (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

Two rivals of the Duke basketball program have made decisions on their future. 

Caleb Love and RJ Davis have been staples of the Duke basketball rivalry with North Carolina over the last two years and the starting backcourt for the Tar Heels have announced their future plans this week.

Davis announced over the weekend that he will return to Chapel Hill for his senior season, although he still has a fifth year of eligibility remaining.

“Tar Heel for life #seniorszn,” the guard tweeted.

The Archbishop Stepinac (NY), and former high school teammate of former Blue Devil AJ Griffin, posted 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game as a junior while shooting 43.8-percent from the floor and 36.2-percent from 3-point range.

RJ Davis has played 101 games in his career at North Carolina, starting 81 contests.

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Davis is posting 11.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game against Duke in seven career outings and shooting 40.3-percent from the field and 33.3-percent from 3-point range in such games.

The 6-foot guard is expected to handle the starting point guard duties for the Tar Heels next season.

Another Duke basketball rival makes decision on future

Caleb Love also made his decision on Monday afternoon and the controversial North Carolina guard will also be staying in college for another season.

It just won’t be in Chapel Hill.

Love announced that he will be entering the transfer portal after three seasons with the Tar Heels.

“I’ve taken some time with my family to reevaluate what’s best for me to continue to grow as a player and I’ve decided to continue to enter the transfer portal to continue my journey,” Love wrote on social media.

Caleb Love averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game this season and shot just 38.7-percent from the field and 29.9-percent from 3-point range.

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However, Love thrived when playing Duke, the program he once called his “dream school” during his recruitment process.

The St. Louis native averaged 17.7 points per game against the Blue Devils.

North Carolina was ranked as the preseason No. 1 team in the country this season and was not selected for the NCAA Tournament, the first ever team ranked at the top of the preseason poll to miss the tournament.

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