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Graduate transfer Justin Pierce commits to North Carolina (via

 William & Mary graduate transfer Justin Pierce has verbally committed to North Carolina.

“I think the biggest thing for me was the opportunity they have for someone of my skill set,” Pierce said. “They wanted some experience on the wing, obviously losing Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye, Nassir Little, guys that are similar position as me.”

“It’s a great opportunity for me to play at such a prestigious basketball school,” he added. “That was one of the coolest things for me. I get to put on that jersey next year and be a part of the North Carolina family.”

Pierce spent his last three seasons at William & Mary and after a head coaching change opted to explore the transfer market. He eventually narrowed his list of schools to UNC, Michigan and Notre Dame.

“This was not only an on-the-court-decision,” Pierce added. “Obviously I’ll be competing at an extremely high-level next year, but off the court I get to earn my MBA from a top 10 graduate school in the country but also I want to work in the NBA front office once my playing career ends and they have more connections than anybody. This was a very strategic decision and I felt really comfortable going there.”

Pierce, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward, saved his official to North Carolina for last, visiting them this past Sunday and Monday.

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