Hubert Davis sees a place for Brady Manek in the NBA

CHAPEL HILL — The prospect rankings and mock draft forecasts don’t project North Carolina’s Brady Manek to be selected Thursday night during the course of the NBA Draft.

But whether Manek is taken in the draft, Tar Heels coach Hubert Davis has his own vision for the sharpshooting forward’s professional future. He can see Manek finding an NBA roster spot and sticking in the league.

“It’s very hard for me to imagine there’s not a place for Brady in the NBA, with his size, his ability to shoot,” Davis said last week at the Smith Center. “He’s more than ‘he can shoot.’ He’s elite. There’s guys that’s can make shots, there’s guys that can make open shots and there’s guys that can also make contested shots, and Brady can do it all.

“Especially where the game is, and then you combine that with the character, the way that he carries himself, the type of person he is, the family that he comes from. He will be playing in the NBA next year.”

North Carolina forward Brady Manek reacts after hitting a 3-pointer against Duke during the Final Four at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

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There has been NBA interest connected to the 6-foot-9 Manek. He has worked out for the Atlanta Hawks, Indian PacersMinnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizardsper HoopsHype. Those teams own a combined nine picks in the second round, should Manek sneak into the back end of the draft.