After a disappointing 2019-20 season in which the North Carolina men's basketball team finished 14-19 (6-14 ACC) for the year, the Tar Heels will hope to change their fortunes entering a new campaign.
To do this, UNC will rely on a mixture of promising recruits and veteran talent. While the incoming recruiting class is highly touted — being ranked No. 2 nationally — experienced leadership will be just as important in putting together a strong season. Here are three returning players who will play key roles for the Tar Heels in 2020-21.
Senior forward Garrison Brooks may play as vital a role this season as he did last season. With guard Cole Anthony’s injury sidelining him for a large part of last year, Brooks had to step up to compensate for Anthony’s missing presence on the scoreboard. He did so in impressive fashion, averaging 16.8 points per game — second only to Anthony.
This was all en route to a career year for Brooks. In addition to his scoring, he set career highs in rebounds and assists per game, as well as posting an efficient 54 percent from the field. These numbers can be attributed to improvements in Brooks’ game, with his already-strong presence in the paint being supplemented by an improved ability to knock down mid-range jumpers. Going forward, Brooks will play an important role as a leader both on and off the court for UNC.