Brooks Williams News Archive

Roy Williams Prioritizing Experience for Freshman Big Men

When it comes to Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks, Roy Williams is thinking long term. "I decided I wasn't doing what I thought I needed to do for their development, so I played them a few more minutes and will continue to try and do that. I think they're both going to be very good players. Most players get better by having an opportunity to play a little bit."

It's time for UNC to let its young players grow up

There’s a reason that Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks earned scholarships, and the Tar Heels —Roy Williams included—have to learn to let the young players grow up. The more experienced players have to stop over-helping and leaving shooters open. If that means Brooks and Manley give up a bucket, so be it. Let them take their lumps and learn from their mistakes.

Tar Heels Today: Clemson preview, football recruiting note, and the end of small ball?

UNC basketball in the AP and RPI rankings, previewing Clemson, Brice Johnson on the move, the end of "small ball"?! and a football recruiting nugget in Tar Heels Today.

Finding an Identity

It was UNC's third straight win after Roy Williams benched forward Garrison Brooks in favor of Cameron Johnson, the sweet-shooting transfer from Pittsburgh. That left the Tar Heels with their fans' dream and their coach's nightmare: a small-ball lineup. Now, three games into Williams' grand experiment, UNC has found an identity — at least in rotation, if not in style.

Roy Williams Live: Garrison Brooks Taking Lineup Change in Stride

Being removed from the starting lineup as a freshman can affect any player, but UNC coach Roy Williams says Garrison Brooks has handled the move well. “I told him, ‘You’re still going to play,’” Williams said on his radio show Monday. “I think I’d be stupid if I just didn’t play him, because you’re not going to get better if you’re not given opportunities.”

UNC Locker Room Report: Embracing Change

Roy Williams knew his team needed a change. The announcement that Cameron Johnson would enter the starting lineup in place of Garrison Brooks was announced shortly before tipoff on Tuesday. The change had the desired effect. UNC was more active offensively and the more versatile lineup created better driving lanes and more open shots for the Tar Heels.

Fresh Starting Lineup Carries No. 20 UNC Past Boston College

Armed with a smaller, more experienced, starting lineup on Tuesday, the Tar Heels pummeled Boston College at the Dean Dome by a score of 96-66. Coming off a loss at Virginia on Saturday, UNC coach Roy Williams decided to bench freshman forward Garrison Brooks and start Cameron Johnson—a 6-foot-7 wing who spends most of his time on the perimeter.

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. Boston College

Roy Williams hinted after the Virginia game it was time to make some changes, and it didn't take him long. Cam Johnson got the start over Garrison Brooks and the Tar Heels played one of their best offensive halves in ACC play on the way to a 50-35 lead before a 96-66 win over Boston College. Luke Maye finished with career highs in both points (32) and rebounds (18).

North Carolina's "death lineup" buries Wake Forest in ACC opener, 73-69

With 3:06 left in the second half, the North Carolina men’s basketball team trailed the Demon Deacons, 67-65. Cam Johnson entered the game for Garrison Brooks, hoping to provide a spark. With the substitution, UNC (12-2, 1-0 ACC) had its “death lineup” on the court — a small-ball squad that features Johnson, Kenny Williams, Luke Maye, Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson.

Quick Hitters – UNC vs. Wake Forest

Want evidence that this team is different from typical Roy Williams-coached teams? The first three shots of the game were all three-pointers. Luke Maye notched his eighth double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 15 boards. Of concern is that Maye continues to miss several open lay-ups a game. Garrison Brooks quietly had a solid first ACC game.

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.”

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."

Inside The Numbers: UNC Starting Efficiently

Through the first six games of the season, UNC's starting lineup of Joel Berry-Kenny Williams-Theo Pinson-Luke Maye-Garrison Brooks struggled on offensive. That unit scored just 1.02 points per possession in its 53 minutes together, including a miserable 0.58 in 14 minutes against Michigan State. Against Michigan, however, the starting five’s offensive efficiency exploded.

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