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.
Yesterday afternoon, five-star shooting guard and member of the 2024 class Tre Johnson announced that he received a scholarship offer from UNC. This announcement came via his Twitter account:. Johnson is a 6’5, 180-lb shooting guard out of Dallas, TX. He is currently playing for Lake Highlands High School, and...
On Saturday, Pete Nance announced his verbal commitment to North Carolina. On Monday, the UNC Basketball program made the addition official. A graduate of Northwestern, Nance will transfer to North Carolina with one season of eligibility. Nance will wear jersey number 32 in Chapel Hill. With the signing of Nance,...
Carolina got hot towards the end of last season when Hubert Davis leaned into the Iron Five and played his starters heavy minutes, famously not subbing any of them during the second half of the Duke game in Cameron. When starters were unavailable, either through injury or horseshit ejections, the balance of the system got thrown off, and UNC suffered.
Hubert Davis picked up one impact transfer last offseason when Oklahoma’s Brady Manek committed to North Carolina. In the end, Manek became one of the best pickups in the nation. The senior averaged a career-high 15.1 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and shot 40.1% from deep. With one scholarship...
North Carolina returned four of five starters and most of its rotation after getting to the national championship game in 2022. But they’ve still added several pieces to help reinforce their depth — which was a problem during their tournament run. The bench just wasn’t deep or reliable. Which forced coach Hubert Davis to play his starters nearly the whole game during the postseason.
Hubert Davis is reloading for an even more successful second season at North Carolina. A tall task given that the Tar Heels came within a few possessions of winning the 2022 title. Alas, they lost in brutal fashion after giving up a big halftime lead as Bill Self secured his second title at Kansas.
The North Carolina men’s basketball team surprised quite a few people last year and made it to the NCAA Tournament championship game. The Tar Heels came within a few plays of being crowned national champions in head coach Hubert Davis’ first year at the helm. So as an...
The offseason departure of standout graduate transfer Brady Manek has undoubtedly left a void at North Carolina's four spot. While Hubert Davis remains open to adding a transfer forward, the emergence of rising junior Puff Johnson throughout the 2021-22 season gives UNC a versatile option that is already on its roster and already versed in the system and team chemistry.
At midnight on June 15th, college basketball coaches were officially allowed to reach out to the class of 2024. This means that Hubert Davis can now get to work on building the 2024-25 roster, which should be a fascinating process considering the hot streak that he has been on when it comes to the recruiting trail. When the (arguably) best player in the 2023 class G.G. Jackson announced his commitment, I wondered if this was the start of Davis swinging for the fences when recruiting, or if he would deliberately look for a mix of elite talent and roster longevity. It is still hard to say if it is the latter, but I can now say that he is still reaching for the stars when it comes to prospects.
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“Personally, I don’t like playing five,” said Davis, speaking of his UNC’s rotation. “I really believe when we played Kansas, it was the first time all year that I thought they were tired.”
An abundance of NIL opportunities for UNC players is just one of the perks that has come with the Tar Heels’ run to the NCAA national title game. “I never thought that I’d go to a player and ask, ‘Can you hook me up,’ ” Davis joked.
Chapel Hill, N.C. — You can now refer to Hubert Davis as a second-year coach. With four returning starters from a team that caught fire in March, Davis' first calender year replacing Roy Williams went better than just about anyone expected. That momentum figures to play into UNC's expectations and standing within college basketball, not that it needed a boost. Despite all that, Davis knows how to handle dismissing the hype and lofty predictions that type of excitement brings.