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."
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.
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:
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.
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:
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-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.
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.
Carolina Insider Podcast: Senior Night Preview, Sterling Manley
Preview Tuesday's senior night basketball game against Miami in Tuesday's episode of the Carolina Insider podcast. North Carolina forward Sterling Manley also joins hosts Jones Angell of the Tar Heel Sports Network and Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com to discuss his freshman season, growing more comfortable playing against ACC competition and more.
Video: UNC Players Post-Syracuse Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina won its sixth consecutive game Wednesday by defeating Syracuse, 78-74, at the Carrier Dome. Theo Pinson scored a career-high 23 points while also grabbing 6 rebounds and handing out 7 assists. Joel Berry added 19. Here is what Theo Pinson, Cam Johnson, Joel Berry, Sterling Manley, Luke Maye, and Andrew Platek had to say about the victory:
Pinson scores career-high 23, UNC holds off Syracuse 78-74
Theo Pinson scored a career-high 23 points, Joel Berry II added 18, including the tiebreaking layup with 1:36 left, and No. 10 North Carolina held off Syracuse 78-74 on Wednesday night. North Carolina has won six straight, but this was the most difficult against a team fighting for its postseason life. Sterling Manley had 12 points and Luke Maye had nine.
Sterling Manley provides critical elements off UNC’s bench
With his size and skill set, Sterling Manley resembles other North Carolina big men of the Roy Williams era. In smaller doses, Manley is a nice value-add to UNC’s rotation. On offense, nearly 97 percent of Manley’s field goal attempts come around the basket. As a comparison, over 36 percent of Luke Maye’s attempts in the half-court come on jump shots.
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.