Analyst: How E.J. Montgomery would fit in at UNC
E.J. Montgomery would be a welcomed addition in Chapel Hill. Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman have given North Carolina good minutes, but I think Montgomery, the No. 12 recruit in the 247Sports Composite, is a superior player and would give them a more versatile look in the post. He has unofficial visits set for UNC and Duke next week.
They’re young and ‘had to grow up some,’ but freshmen bigs holding their own for UNC
Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman had been putting up solid numbers for UNC in the first three games of December. Tar Heels coach Roy Williams still wasn’t quite impressed. “Check their numbers against Michigan State,” Williams said. Then came Sunday’s trip to Tennessee. Brooks and Manley combined for 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Freshmen show promise for Tar Heels
There were more than glimpses of what North Carolina coach Roy Williams wants to see from his freshmen in the post during the weekend. But Williams isn’t about to sign off on the performances from Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman. They combined for 24 point and 14 rebounds against Tulane. “I’d take that every day,” said Williams.
Huffman and other first-year big men shine against Tulane
Collectively, Brandon Huffman, Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks combined for 24 points on 11-14 shooting from the field and 14 rebounds. “We got some good moments from a lot of guys — guys that came off the bench and particularly the freshman class,” Williams said. “I think Huff gave us some good things when he was in there. Sterling did, Garrison did.”
Brandon Huffman Making Strides
One of three freshman big men on scholarship, Brandon Huffman's dunking prowess garnered preseason attention. But in a battle with Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley for playing time, Huffman has been the odd man out thus far. But against Tulane, he showed flashes of promise, setting season highs with nine points and six rebounds in 12 minutes.
Brandon Huffman Making Every Minute Count for UNC
Sunday was a jump forward for freshman Brandon Huffman. The Goldsboro, N.C., native had season-highs in points (9), rebounds (6), blocks (2) and minutes (12) against Tulane. Huffman didn't grow up playing basketball. As a 'little country dude' (as he referred to himself), the 6-foot-10, 250-pound big man played football until he grew out of his age group. This led him to basketball.
Defensive Tar Heels ride the Green Wave
As probably the least-talented opponent that North Carolina has faced this season, Tulane gave the Tar Heels a chance at an easy victory. They pounced on that opportunity early on the way to a 97–73 win Sunday in UNC’s third game in five days. Brandon Huffman played in the first half for the first time in three games and had some of his best minutes of the season.
Roy Williams Post-Tulane Quotes
Roy Williams: “I thought defensively the first half was maybe our best defensive half of the year. The one thing we still got to do is guard the ball better, so we don’t have to help and give guys open threes. I think [Brandon] Huffman gave us some good things when he was in there. Sterling [Manley] did, Garrison [Brooks] did, Andrew [Platek] did, Jalek [Felton] did late."
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Tulane
Nice finish to a touch stretch for the Tar Heels with a 97-73 win over Tulane less than 48 hours after a win over Davidson in Charlotte. You just never know which Carolina freshman big man might have the best performance on any given day. On Sunday, it was Brandon Huffman, who contributed nine points, six rebounds and a block, and did it all in just 12 minutes.
Tar Heels Dominated On The Interior By Michigan State
UNC's four big men --- Luke Maye, Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley, and Brandon Huffman --- combined for 10 points. More glaring was what the trio of freshmen did --- two points in 34 minutes while shooting 1-for-11 from the field. That production won't cut it, especially when the Tar Heels as a team shoot like they did on Sunday ---24.6% from the field and 5.6% from three.
UNC-Stanford: Inside The Numbers
In its first game against a high-major frontcourt (and Stanford’s post duo of Reid Travis and Michael Humphrey is a really good one), UNC's freshman trio of Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley, and Brandon Huffman had some ups and downs. Overall, however, they combined for 15 points (on 5-of-7 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line) and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes.
Chansky’s Notebook: Three In The Post
Dean Smith had three freshman centers, Rich Yonakor, Jeff Wolf and Steve Krafcisin, and Smith joked that maybe Yon-Wolf-Sin could combine to equal Tom LaGarde’s lofty averages. Now, after three games, I am not saying that Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman are another Yon-Wolf-Sin, but from their numbers you would never know it.
Evaluating early-season performances of Sterling Manley, Garrison Brooks & Brandon Huffman
Big shoes — literally — were left to be filled along North Carolina’s frontline this season. Tony Bradley, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks are gone. Outside of Luke Maye, the three most obvious replacement options are all freshmen. After a few games, let’s take a glance at how the trio of Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman has looked.
Chansky’s Notebook: Broo-Huff-Man-ler?
Roy Williams joked at his preseason press conference when asked about freshmen Garrison Brooks, Brandon Huffman, Sterling Manley and Walker Miller, “If you take the best part of each one and put them all together, you still don’t have a player.” That’s how far the Tar Heels’ inside game has to go, especially for a program that has led the nation in rebounding.
UNC Basketball: Garrison Brooks 2017-18 Season Preview
Garrison Brooks is the most athletic of UNC's freshmen big man trio, which also includes Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman. Brooks' quickness gives him the ability to run the floor in Roy Williams’ offense, which is key to seeing minutes early. Along with solid lateral quickness, Brooks possesses a smooth jumper and made 71% of his free throws in high school.