Sterling Manley News Archive

Sports Illustrated Post-NBA Draft Decisions Preseason Rankings

5. North Carolina: Getting Luke Maye back was huge for the Tar Heels. He makes for three returning starters, while No. 3 recruit Nassir Little should slide into Theo Pinson’s departing wing spot. The biggest question here is at point guard, where Joel Berry must be replaced, but with Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley down low, Roy Williams will have a stacked frontcourt. (Sports Illustrated)

Post NBA Decisions — ACC Basketball Rankings, Part 2: A Cut Above

No. 1 North Carolina: This looks like a classic Roy Williams team: Loaded with a mix of veteran stars and gifted incoming rookies. Expectations are high in Chapel Hill — as they should be; this is a title-contending team. With Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Kenny Williams back — plus Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks — UNC has an embarrassment of riches. (ACC Sports Journal)

Sterling Manley Embracing Opportunity

Sterling Manley's task at hand is building upon a productive freshman season in which he averaged 5.4 points on 56.6 percent shooting to go along with 3.6 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. His summer workload includes getting in better shape, utilizing his length more effectively to control the glass and becoming a defensive stopper, as well as being more assertive. (Inside Carolina)

Sterling Manley poised for breakout season?

Sterling Manley quietly had an excellent freshman season for the North Carolina Tar Heels. Despite playing just 10 minutes per game, Manley averaged 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds during his rookie campaign in Chapel Hill. Manley’s freshman numbers were comparable – and in many cases more favorable – than some of the most impactful big men in the Roy Williams era. (Keeping It Heel)

Sterling Manley’s Perseverance Through Adversity

During his second grueling stint of rehab, Sterling Manley’s inability to play basketball helped to remind him why he was drawn to the hardwood so many years before. "When I got the injuries, I realized how much I loved the game. How many doors have opened up for me. And it just made me want to push even harder to accomplish dreams of playing at a nice D-I school." (Inside Carolina)

UNC's Freshman Bigs Ready for Aggies Frontcourt Challenge

During North Carolina's 84-66 first round win over Lipscomb, UNC freshman center Sterling Manley was calling for his own rebounds. "Sterling played big-time yesterday," Theo Pinson said. "There were times he was telling us to move because he wanted the rebound. I was like, ‘All right, get it, big fella,'" Pinson added. "That’s the aggressiveness we need from him." (Inside Carolina)

Lucas: UNC Basketball Notebook

Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley have played some of their best basketball during the postseason. Brooks put up ten points against Duke's tough front line, and Manley had ten rebounds against Lipscomb in his NCAA Tournament debut . Both will be needed Sunday against Texas A&M's impressive frontcourt. The Aggies have a trio of 6'10" players. (

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. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Video: UNC Players Pre-Texas A&M Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina's locker room was open for interviews for 40 minutes Saturday before the Tar Heels practiced at Spectrum Center to prepare for Sunday's opponent, Texas A&M, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Here is what Theo Pinson, Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Joel Berry, and Sterling Manley had to say: (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Sterling Manley Makes Most Of Minutes

In the days leading up to their first-round NCAA Tournament game against Lipscomb, North Carolina's veterans advised the freshmen on how to handle the emotions that arise this time of year. Still, when Sterling Manley entered Friday's game for the first time, he couldn't help but recognize the magnitude of the moment. "My heart was racing when I checked in." (

Quick Hitters – UNC vs. Lipscomb

Sterling Manley and Garrison Brooks are continuing to come on strong. The duo combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes. They will have to continue to do so against Texas A&M’s imposing front line. All five starters average double-figure points per game and all five scored in double-digits. It’s this type of balance that makes the Heels dangerous. (Armchair All-Americans)

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: (Tar Heel Illustrated)

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. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Players Post-Syracuse Locker Room Interviews

North Carolina advanced to the Quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday with a 78-59 victory over Syracuse at Barclays Center. The No. 6 seed Tar Heels will play No. 3 Miami on Thursday at approximately 9:30 pm. Here is what Joel Berry, Cameron Johnson, Sterling Manley, and Luke Maye had to say following the win over Syracuse. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Sterling Manley Among Underrated Players Primed to Become Breakout Stars in March

You may best know him from the clip Louisville forward Dwayne Sutton’s dismaying reaction to Sterling Manley checking back into a game last month, which made the social media rounds. The 6’11” freshman plays just 10.5 minutes per game, but his 15.7% offensive rebounding rate would rank sixth nationally if he saw enough time to qualify. (Sports Illustrated)

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