If there's one thing North Carolina head coach Roy Williams loves more than playing fast, it's playing two traditional big men at the same time. And now, for the first time since the 2017 national championship run, UNC can do just that.
Plenty of possessions for UNC will start by looking inside first — they'll have to, now that the team is missing the elite shooting it had with Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye and Coby White.
The inside attack will begin with Garrison Brooks, a leader on the team and the Tar Heel's best returning player. With the addition of first-year Armando Bacot, Brooks, a junior power forward, can slide back to his natural position after playing center for most of the season last year.
Brooks is far and away the team's best defender, leading the team in defensive player of the game awards with 12 last season. Williams made it clear during the offseason that the team will rely on Brooks to set the tone on that end.
Offensively, the LaFayette, Alabama native has grown into almost everything Williams looks for in a big man. He rebounds, runs the floor, sets hard screens and rolls to the rim for easy dunks. He's also an underrated passer. He tallied at least three assists in six different games last season.