The North Carolina men’s basketball team is looking to get off to a hot start as the beginning of the season rapidly approaches.
It will be the team’s first season with head coach Hubert Davis as the helm, marking the beginning of a new era for the program without Roy Williams in the picture. As Davis and the recruiting team have been preparing for the season, three key transfers have joined the Tar Heels to reinvigorate the winning culture of North Carolina basketball.
Brady Manek, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, has potential to make an impact on this young UNC team. Manek worked up an impressive resume during his time as an Oklahoma Sooner, becoming the program’s 14th-leading scorer and making the fifth-most 3-pointers in team history.
Manek has racked up eight career double-doubles, averaged 5.6 rebounds per game and shot 37.5 percent from three in the 2020-2021 season. Aside from his stats, Manek also brings four years of college basketball experience to the Tar Heels. His veteran level of knowledge is bound to bring great leadership to the team and further enhance the talent of the players around him.
Garcia is a sophomore who spent his first college season at Marquette, where he made the Big East All-Freshman team and led the conference first-years in scoring and rebounding. He managed to score over 20 points in six games during his first year, shooting 48 percent from the floor and over 78.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Garcia also has the bonus of being a former AAU teammate of current Tar Heel Kerwin Walton, whom he already shares chemistry with on the court. He is a skilled young player with a high ceiling, and his accurate shooting from behind the free-throw line has potential to send the Tar Heels in the right direction.