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Tony Bradley: Early in the summer before his senior season there was some thought that Bradley was close to committing to home state Florida despite his known affinity for North Carolina. However, despite a nice run from Kansas, Bradley chose the Tar Heels after taking his only official visit to Chapel Hill. I was surprised to see Bradley leave after one year.

Evaluating early-season performances of Sterling Manley, Garrison Brooks & Brandon Huffman

Big shoes — literally — were left to be filled along North Carolina’s frontline this season. Tony Bradley, Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks are gone. Outside of Luke Maye, the three most obvious replacement options are all freshmen. After a few games, let’s take a glance at how the trio of Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman has looked.

Best Non-Conference Games Of 2017-2018 College Basketball Schedule

14. Michigan at No. 9 North Carolina (Nov. 29): Remember when Chris Webber tried to call a timeout that Michigan didn’t have in the 1993 NCAA National Championship Game? That’s the last time these two titans clashed. North Carolina offers Michigan a good measuring stick even after losing Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Tony Bradley and Kennedy Meeks.

UNC Basketball: Luke Maye 2017-18 season preview

Luke Maye enters the season as UNC's lone big man with college experience. The Tar Heels lost Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, and Tony Bradley. Maye will be tasked with carrying a load of the Tar Heels rebounding as well as teaching three freshmen how to play college basketball. Maye also will likely be tasked with defending the largest opponent.

North Carolina basketball ranked No. 9 in preseason AP Top 25

North Carolina basketball is fresh off of a national championship. But Justin Jackson, Isaiah Hicks, Tony Bradley and Kennedy Meeks are gone, and Joel Berry will miss time with a hand injury. Despite that, AP voters are bullish on the Tar Heels, who check in at No. 9 in the preseason AP Top 25. Sports illustrated had UNC at No. 18 in its preseason poll.

2017-18's Top 50 College Basketball Defenses

No. 33: North Carolina’s defensive prospects for this college basketball season were hit hard by frontcourt personnel departures: Not only did big men starters Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks run out of eligibility, but also key reserve Tony Bradley decided to enter the NBA draft after only one college season.

Utah Jazz Assign Tony Bradley to Salt Lake City Stars

The Utah Jazz announced Friday that the team has assigned rookie center Tony Bradley to the Salt Lake City Stars, the Jazz’s exclusively owned and operated NBA G League team. This marks the first assignment this season for Bradley (6-10, 248, North Carolina). He appeared in four preseason games for the Jazz, averaging 4.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.8 minutes.

Joel Berry named ESPN college basketball preseason All-America

ESPN First Team Preseason All-America: G: Joel Berry II, senior, North Carolina Tar Heels - He was the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, as he helped lead the Tar Heels to the national title last season. Berry won't put up eye-popping numbers, but they should jump a bit with the loss of Justin Jackson, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley.

UNC’s Luke Maye embracing bigger role

With Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley no longer anchoring UNC's post, Luke Maye is the lone returning big man for the Tar Heels this season. “I worked hard this offseason, really getting in the weight room,” Maye said. “I did my time, knowing that I have a bigger role this year for our team to be successful. I want to be remembered for my career, not just one moment.”

Utah Jazz rookie center Tony Bradley quietly working to realize potential

Both by circumstance and also his seemingly conscious choice, Utah Jazz rookie center Tony Bradley has been a bit of an afterthought since entering the NBA in late June. The scouting report on the 6-foot-10, 248-pounder pointed to his potential, but the consensus was that it might take him a considerable amount of time to develop.

Garrison Brooks Could be UNC's 'Most Advanced Young Big'

The 2017-18 Tar Heels will need production from at least one of three freshmen big men. Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, and Tony Bradley are all now gone from the roster, along with their combined 31.4 points and 20.1 rebounds from last season. This means that UNC will lean on rookies Garrison Brooks, Brandon Huffman, or Sterling Manley to take some of the load down low.

2017-2018 NBC Sports College Basketball Preseason All-American Teams

Third Team: The reigning Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Joel Berry is the star leftover after Justin Jackson and Tony Bradley headed to the NBA. We judge point guards on wins, and Berry’s led the Tar Heels to a 66-14 record the last two seasons which included a national title, a loss in the national title game, two outright ACC regular season titles and an ACC tournament title.

UNC Basketball Looking For Post Answers

Three of the four players largely responsible for UNC's dominance on the boards - Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley - have moved on. Their absence provides two of the biggest questions entering the season - will one of the freshmen be able to contribute immediately? And, if not, will Roy Williams use a less-conventional approach and play a '4-out, 1-in' style?

Seniors leave gap on North Carolina basketball team

The departure of Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Nate Britt will spur just as many questions for UNC this season as Justin Jackson and Tony Bradley's. After all, the Tar Heels won’t know exactly what to expect from their frontcourt or their No. 2 point guard. Meeks and Hicks led the most formidable rebounding frontcourt in college basketball last year.

Roy Williams Looks Ahead to 2017-18 Basketball Season

Heading into the 2017-18 UNC basketball season it's safe to say that the Tar Heels lost some key components from the last year's championship run. Gone is Justin Jackson. Gone are Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, both of the starting big men from the title-winning team. And gone is Tony Bradley. While there are definite holes on the roster, there are also bright spots.

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