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The Story Behind UNC's Recruitment of Keion Brooks

Roy Williams didn't take long to throw out a coveted North Carolina scholarship offer after he watched 6-8 Keion Brooks. The versatile and active forward from Fort Wayne, Indiana has been tearing up the Nike EYBL circuit this spring and is one of the leading bucket-getters in the junior class. Tar Heel Illustrated spoke to Brooks' father about how the Tar Heels got involved.

Keion Brooks will have his pick of schools as UNC, Kentucky, Kansas get involved

Keion Brooks' recruitment has blown up. He’s had the entire Midwest on him hard for a couple years, but recently some of the bluebloods like North Carolina, Kansas, and Kentucky have joined the mix. “They are North Carolina. It’s a historic program. I like the way Coach (Hubert) Davis and Coach (Roy) Williams are going out of their way to build a relationship.”

Video: Keion Brooks Highlights From Indianapolis EYBL Event

Highlights from 2019 5-star forward Keion Brooks (Fort Wayne, IN) at this past weekend's Nike EYBL event in Indianapolis. Brooks' performance obviously impressed North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who offered Brooks a scholarship on Tuesday after watching him over the weekend.

Keion Brooks, Josiah James among top performers from April's second evaluation period

Although his team lost in our viewing, 6-foot-6 2019 point guard Josiah James impressed at the On The Radar Hoops event in front of Roy Williams, Tom Izzo, Rick Barnes, Tony Bennett, and Mike White. It also was another weekend and another dominant performance from 2019 SF Keion Books. There might not be anyone in the country playing better right now than Brooks.

Keion Brooks adds North Carolina offer, discusses recruiting

Keion Brooks picked up an offer from North Carolina on Tuesday, which was no surprise considering coach Roy Williams and assistant Hubert Davis watched Brooks throughout the weekend at the Nike EYBL session. “Right now we’re just starting a relationship. When (Hubert Davis) called me earlier this week, it’s my first time talking anybody from North Carolina.”

Tar Heels leaning more on their big men

If the first day of March Madness is any indication, Roy Williams might finally have himself a big man, as Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes in the victory over Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. It’s a step in the right direction for a team that needs interior production.

Video: UNC Players Post-Lipscomb Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday by defeating Lipscomb, 84-66, at Spectrum Center and is now one game away from the Sweet 16 of the West Region. Here is what Kenny Williams, Sterling Manley, Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Garrison Brooks, and Cameron Johnson had to say after the game:

Video: UNC Players Post-Duke Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament with a 74-69 victory over Duke on Friday. UNC improved to 25-9 while Duke dropped to 26-7. UNC will play top seed Virginia in the championship Saturday night. Here is what Cameron Johnson, Kenny Williams, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, and Garrison Brooks had to say following the game:

Bench Boosts Tar Heels in Brooklyn

Down 12-0 in Thursday's ACC Tournament quarterfinal, Roy Williams turned to his bench and said, "One, two, three, four, five. Go in the game." "That was it," sophomore wing Brandon Robinson said. Robinson, along with Seventh Woods, Andrew Platek, Garrison Brooks, and Sterling Manley entered the game to relieve North Carolina's starting five.

Video: UNC Players Post-Miami Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina outscored Miami by 31 points over the final 33 minutes Thursday en route to a n 82-65 victory in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn. Theo Pinson scored a career-high 25 points. Here is what Kenny Williams, Luke Maye, Pinson, Cameron Johnson, Garrison Brooks, and Joel Berry had to say following the game:

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.”

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