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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.

Roy Williams goes for 400th UNC victory as Tar Heels welcome Bucknell

Against Bucknell, Roy Williams will be going for his 400th victory with the Tar Heels. In his 15th season, he's 399-115 (and 817-216 overall in 30 seasons). Of Williams' victories, 199 have come at the Smith Center. With guard Jalek Felton and forward Garrison Brooks, North Carolina started two freshmen in an opener for only the second time since 2007.

On Garrison Brooks' North Carolina Debut

Garrison Brooks posted a 14-point, 6-rebound performance that included a perfect 4-4 effort from the free-throw line. Not bad for what was supposed to be the weak link. “Garrison is playing more minutes because he’s making fewer mistakes (than the other young bigs),” Roy Williams said. “He’s boxing out more, he’s running the floor more. I think he’s a good basketball player.”

UNC Runs Past Northern Iowa in Season Opener

No. 9 North Carolina rolled past Northern Iowa, 86-69, in Friday’s season opener despite two projected starters being sidelined due to injury. Junior forward Luke Maye led all scorers with a career-high 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, while Garrison Brooks and Kenny Williams added 14 and 10 points, respectively.

UNC Basketball's Lineups Remain in Flux

During Sunday's jamboree exhibition, UNC coach Roy Williams toyed with a variety of lineups, including one that had Theo Pinson assuming ball-handling duties at point guard. He was accompanied on the court by Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye, and Garrison Brooks. This wasn’t the first time the wing had been forced to play at the one.

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.

Exhibition A

Roy Williams has joked that he's got three freshman post players who, if combined, still wouldn't have the makings of a solid starter. Garrison Brooks is making his case otherwise. The freshman forward from Auburn, Ala., put forth the most impressive display from UNC's three rookie bigs, turning a starting spot into 13 points and nine rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

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.

Roy Williams Challenging Jalek Felton

There was Jalek Felton on Tuesday playing in a variety of lineups featuring veterans like Joel Berry, Kenny Williams, Theo Pinson, and Luke Maye and new players like Cameron Johnson and Garrison Brooks. And there was head coach Roy Williams treating Felton like the freshman that he is, working to get the most out of the dynamic, talented young player.

UNC Freshmen Big Men on Steep Learning Curve

Roy Williams reiterated his belief that rebounding is the single most important statistic in separating wins and losses, noting that his 2017 national championship team led the country in rebound margin. Enter Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley, Brandon Huffman and walk-on Walker Miller, UNC Greensboro head coach and former Tar Heel Wes Miller’s half brother.

Addressing the Tar Heels lack of size, depth in front court

Much of this year’s low-post success will land on the shoulders of incoming North Carolina freshmen big men Garrison Brooks, Brandon Huffman and Sterling Manley. Will their performances on the court allow Roy Williams to keep them, and their size advantages, on the floor for extended minutes and allow the Tar Heels to play their traditional offense?

Which teams won and lost after early draft decisions?

Roy Williams expected to have Tony Bradley in the middle this season. Now, after Bradley's decision to leave Chapel Hill after his freshman season, Williams might be forced to go with a pair of unproven big men: Garrison Brooks and Brandon Huffman. Williams isn't the only coach from last year's Final Four who took a major hit. Oregon lost four players early to the NBA.

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