Sport UNC Basketball: Garrison Brooks is looking to fill a void as the next great Tar Heel big man
Watch Garth Brooks’ ‘The Road I’m On’ A&E Documentary Trailer
Garth Brooks will be the subject of a two-part installment in A&E’s Biography franchise in late November. Titled Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On, the documentary will begin airing Sunday, November 24th. On Monday, Brooks made the announcement about the feature during an episode of his Facebook Live series Studio G. Accompanying the announcement was a sneak peak from The Road I’m On, which travels back to Brooks’ hometown and the time before he attained fame, with the singer himself giving a first-person account of the events that shaped him.“If you want to know who Garth Brooks is, ‘Friends in Low Places’ is Garth Brooks,” he says in the brief clip.
’ commitment to the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2017 came at a crucial time in the recent recruiting timeline for the Tar Heels. Coming off a national championship, left early for the NBA, which was pretty surprising. The commitment of Brooks was not only big because the Tar Heels secured him after his de-commitment from Mississippi State after having put a lot of work into his recruitment, but also because he was a front court addition that the Tar Heels needed desperately after losing Bradley along with and to graduation.
Fast forward two years later to Brooks’ junior year and he has now become the most counted on big man in the Tar Heels lineup. Brooks came out of high school without much fanfare. He was not a top-100 recruit in his class, but the importance he has to his team is higher than most recruits in the 2017 class who are still in school.
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Brooks was counted upon to contribute right away in 2017, and did so at a serviceable rate for being a freshman in Roy Williams’ complicated offense. He started his first sixteen games a Tar Heel, something that not a lot of unheralded freshmen can say. He was moved to the bench that season when the Tar Heels decided to embrace the small ball lineup, usingat the four.
Even as an underclassman, Brooks showed that he could be a solid contributor. He did a solid job of playing the five for North Carolina over the first two years, which is not his natural position. He has shown an incredible ability to adapt to being put in tough situations this far as well as showing a real aptitude for defense.
But one of the most impressive parts about Brooks’ game is his development that has already taken place in just a two-year span, which leaves Tar Heel fans hoping for more from the junior forward.
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Having won two of the last three ACC championships, while not finishing first in the regular-season standings since 2010, Duke is the favorite to win this year's ACC basketball title, according to a media poll released by the league on Thursday. In voting by media members attending the ACC's Operation Basketball season tipoff event in Charlotte on Tuesday, Duke received 51 first-place votes off the 111 ballots submitted. The Blue Devils scored 1,564 points in the balloting, finishing ahead of North Carolina, which had 19 first-place votes and 1,493 points. Louisville received the second-most first-place votes (29) but finished No.
Brooks was named to the preseason All-ACC second team this past week, which now means that he will not be able to fly under the radar for much longer. Defenses are going to game plan for him now, which will most certainly make things tougher for him on offense. But if the development of his game continues from year two to year three the same way it did from year one to year two, Brooks could easily find himself fulfilling that promise regardless.
A big year from Brooks could be the launching point for a successful year for the Tar Heels as a team. When you look back on Roy Williams’ best teams at UNC, they all had an upperclassman big man who anchored the post. As a matter of fact, the staple of every national championship-winning team Roy Williams has had at UNC is a great point guard and a great big man.
The duo that the Tar Heels can ride this year isand Brooks. Nobody is asking Brooks to be 2005 Sean May, or 2009 Tyler Hansbrough. But the junior forward will arguably be the most important player on the roster this year because its construction revolves around him.
A good season and a leap forward from Garrison Brooks will likely mean big things for the Tar Heels. If he delivers a special season, they could be playing on the final Monday night of the season.
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