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Brady Mannick and the New Carolina Way

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UNC’s Brady Mannick bonus season has been an unparalleled success. By whatever criteria you judge him – stats, team record, eyesight test – there’s no argument that Manek didn’t raise his play, and in doing so, elevated Carolina’s performance.

Last season, Post players at the disposal of Roy Williams were Garrison Brooks, Armando Bacot, Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler. These four players went on a 5-for-15 aggregate from a three-point range (Garrison Brooks led the group with a 4-8 season score, which was backed up by a three-point shooting blast to 2-3 on Senior Day against Duke). Fifteen total shots from downtown among the top four. for the whole season.

Compare that to Brady Manic’s only season at Chapel Hill. The Oklahoma conversion went to 98 for 243, which is an excellent 40.3%, especially with this kind of volume. This fatal shooting not only put 294 points on the board, but changed the look of the court in Carolina. Armando Bacot had room to work alone in the paint, went bananas, and increased his points average and recovery from 12.3 ppg and 7.8 rpg last season to 16.3 ppg and 13.1 rpg this season. These were supposed to be good enough for this year’s ACC Player of the Year, but you know…

Take a look at Manic’s career stats:

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Blue = UNC, Red = Oklahoma

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Across the board, there are rises in jobs. Points, field goal percentage, three point percentage, help. Season minutes are 0.1 minutes below their 2019-20 high in Oklahoma, but those factors are early in the season when Dawson Garcia was starting games. When Hubert Davis leaned into the Iron Five, Manek averaged 34.8 mpg, that’s limited minutes against Baylor due to a faulty ejection, and an NC State game at Raleigh where he got more time off the bench because the Wolfpack is rubbish.

Manek was to add the perfect transfer gateway for Hubert Davis to make a quick shift from the way Roy Williams would manage the team to the way he would manage it moving forward. Both high school and extended gates should look at how Manek and drool over the opportunity to play in a system that is free to pull the trigger at will, and showcase their skills to pro teams.

Brady will leave Manik Chapel Hill as a legend. He was in the team that beat Coach K on Seniors Night And In Final Four, he will go down in history as one of five Iron Fives who, along with Armando Paco and Caleb Love, had a “Type 300” standout in a National Championship game against Kansas, playing bravely with the potential for a concussion. He will never have to buy a drink on Franklin Street again for the rest of his life.

Luke Maye—who attempted only 116 three-pointers in the junior season—walked so Brady Mannick could run. What will the Quad extension situation look like in the coming years under Hubert Davis, now that everyone has a movie of how the Tar Heels turned out? The possibilities are tantalizing.

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