UNC to play UCONN in 2023/24 and 2024/25

The University of North Carolina Women’s Basketball Team is on the rise and has been getting national attention. Recently, Coach Banghart received a call from the UCONN Huskies about a potential game and there was only one answer, “we’ll sign today!”

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Coach Banghart announced on the latest episode of The Tar Heel Show Podcast, that the UNC Women’s Basketball Team will hopefully be playing the University of Connecticut Huskies in the 2023/24 season at Mohigan Sun, with the plan to play again in the 2024/25 season in Greensboro. This is yet to be signed, but both schools are doing everything they can to get the game to go ahead.

“Here’s a story, next year we’re picking up UCONN. They called us to play them and they said we’d love to do a neutral site game. I said “In, we’ll sign today, where is the game?”. They said it’s at Mohigan Sun. I said “woah, woah, woah, I don’t know if you know this but I’m from up there, is that 15 or 20 minutes from campus?” That is a home and home.”

Coach Banghart speaking on The Tar Heel Show

“We’re happy to play, but we’ll do a neutral site game and play it in Greensboro. So, we will be going to Mohigan Sun next year and they will hopefully be coming to Greensboro the following year.”

Coach Banghart speaking on The Tar Heel Show

The UCONN Huskies are coached by Coach Geno Auriemma and are the most successful team in the history of women’s basketball. This will be a huge opportunity for the Tar Heels to play against a star-studded team led by Paige Bueckers.

Deja Kelly vs Paige Bueckers in their Senior Seasons, I am so here for it.

You can watch the full episode with Coach Courtney Banghart as she previews the 2022/23 season for the Tar Heels:

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Player Exclusive Q&A: Garrison Brooks speaks on the NBA workouts and signing for New York Knicks

Garrison Brooks spent four years in Chapel Hill from 2017-2021. In that time, he suited up 133 times for the Tar Heels, won the ACC Most Improved Player Award in his Junior Year and was a fan favourite for so many. Garrison spent his added extra year of eligibility to head back home and play for Mississippi State, where his Dad was the Assistant Coach.

After 5 years of playing college basketball, Garrison signed an Exhibit 10 Deal with the New York Knicks, this is a one-year minimum salary NBA contract. Garrison spoke with Tar Heel International about the experience of getting ready for the draft, when he received that phone call about the New York Knicks and more.

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George: Hey Garrison, how was it playing at Mississippi State last season and playing under your Dad? Was he harder on you compared to your teammates?

“Really good. It was a great experience that I’m glad we both got to do. Of course, nothing was easy with him.”

Garrison Brooks

George: How has it been back in Chapel Hill this summer with the guys? Who have you been seeing? Also, how was the current vs alumni games?

“It’s been good. I’m always glad to see the guys here because I feel like I grew up here with them. I’ve been with B Rob, K Will, Luke, and Sterling mostly.

Alum did a sweep of the young guys this time. It’s always really competitive though.”

Garrison Brooks

George: What was the pre-draft process like? Did teams just give you a call and you just went everywhere?

“It’s been good to me. It’s been a long process because of the work you put in everyday and the consistency of doing it. Just trying to stay prepared whenever you are called to perform.

The teams contacted my agent and it was a relatively quick process of going to workout and interview for teams.”

Garrison Brooks

George: What was the workout like with New York? Did you know they were interested?

“I never worked out for New York and didn’t know about their interest that much.”

Garrison Brooks

George: What were you doing when you got the call from the New York Knicks?

“I was actually asleep and got the call from my agent Reggie. It’s one of the rare times he’s called me and been excited. I really woke up after the call because I could hear his excitement.”

Garrison Brooks

George: That must have been a shock if you didn’t know they were interested. How are you feeling about getting started with the organisation?

“It really was and it’s the biggest organization in basketball. I hope I get a chance to play in The Garden. It’s one of the best arenas.”

Garrison Brooks

George: How much are you going to let know the Dookies at the Knicks know about Coach K’s last season?

“Every chance I get especially during the games when we play them.

I’ll be at the game in MSG so I’ll be wearing UNC stuff all the way up to the game.”

Garrison Brooks

Garrison is awaiting to head off to training camp with the New York Knicks and all the Carolina Family wishes him the best and are excited to see him get his opportunity.

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Luke Maye signed for Covirán Granada in the Liga ACB

Luke Maye will continue playing in one of the best leagues in the world next season, after signing for Covirán Granada in the Liga ACB in Spain.

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Luke played for BAXI Manresa last season and averaged 8.92 PPG across all competitions. BAXI Manresa reached the Basketball Champions League Final and just missed out on silverware to Lenovo Tenerife.

Maye is the first signing of the season for Granada and has an option for an extra year in his contract.

The 25-year-old will be playing against a familiar face again this season as Marcus Paige signed for Monbus Obradoiro in the Liga ACB last week. Marcus and Luke last faced each other in the Euro Cup in 2020/21, and they both shared the wins over their two match-ups.

The Liga ACB is widely considered the second-best basketball league after the NBA and with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, Maye will come up against great challenges this season.

Covirán Granada won the Regular Season of the Liga LEB Oro, the second-tier of Spanish basketball, awarding the southern Spanish side automatic promotion to the Liga ACB.

The 2017 NCAA Champion is entering his third season overseas after a season in Trento in Italy and last season for the Catalan side, BAXI Manresa.

Tar Heel International is the best website to be following Maye’s journey in Spain, with all his latest statistics and highlights.

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Bang Bang Down Under – Brady Manek signs in Perth

A year ago not many Tar Heel fans knew who Brady Manek was, fast forward to now and Brady Manek is a household name in the state of North Carolina. The UNC fan favourite is entering his next chapter and will be playing professional basketball overseas in Perth, Australia for the Perth Wildcats, the most decorated team in Australia.

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Brady Manek joined University of North Carolina last summer after four great years at the University of Oklahoma. Brady played a big role this past season and was a vital member of the ‘Iron 5’ that led UNC to defeat Duke in the Final Four and just miss out to Kansas in the National Championship Game.

Manek averaged 15.1 PPG and scored over 40% from behind the arc in his lone season for UNC, resulting in his best season in college basketball.

From his comedy throughout the season on social media, to one of the sharp-shooting quickest release we’ve seen in years, Brady will be dearly missed in Chapel Hill, but we all know… he is a Tar Heel!

Brady spent this summer working with the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Summer League before heading off to his next chapter in Australia. He will be playing in the NBL in Australia, with the season tipping-off in October and finishes up in February.

Brady recently joined The Tar Heel Show to discuss this past year and some of his favourite memories when he was in Chapel Hill:

Tar Heel International will be covering Brady’s season down-under and bringing you all his highlights and latest statistics.

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There’s another Tar Heel playing in Japan next season, Isaiah Hicks

Isaiah Hicks has been making a name for himself in South Korea after taking the K-League by storm for the past two seasons. Hicks will be hoping for more success after signing for Neo-Phoenix in the Japanese B-League, the top-tier in Japan.

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Isaiah will be seeing some familiar faces in Japan next season, as there have been many Tar Heels making the beautiful country their home as of late. James Michael McAdoo plays for Hitachi Sun Rockers in Tokyo, Brice Johnson plays for Toyama Grouses and Justin Knox most recently played for Hicks’ new team, Neo-Phoenix. Jawad Williams was playing in the second-tier of Japanese basketball before retiring this summer.

The 2017 NCAA Champion has been playing in South Korea for the past two seasons and has finished in the Top 10 scorers in the league for both seasons. He averaged 17.9 PPG this past season and led his team in PPG, BPG and FG%.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGRPGBPG
AVTODAR SARATOV (RUSSIA)2019/2028.312.866.712.0
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2020/2124.817.287.351.46
SEOUL SAMSUNG THUNDERS (SOUTH KOREA)2021/2224.717.97.51.0
Statistics are up to date as of July 28th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Hicks suffered with injury last season and was out of action for three months, but he did return and play the remaining games of the season.

Seoul Samsung Thunders missed their star player and ended the season in last place in the K-League.

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Adam Lucas – UNC 2022/23 Basketball Preview and Stories from Chapel Hill

Adam Lucas, co-host of Carolina Insider and writer for Go Heels joined The Tar Heel Show Podcast to talk about the UNC Basketball practices, stories from Coach Smith and Coach Williams and lets us know his all-time starting five for the Tar Heels.

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  • Adam remembers when Coach Smith was standing on a chair in his house and reaching for a trophy from a top shelf.
  • Adam shares the competition he had with Coach Williams on a very memorable day for Coach.
  • Adam answers his Top 3 UNC Point Guards and All-Time Starting 5.
  • Adam talks about what he has seen at the current UNC Basketball practices this summer.

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Dontrez Styles signs new NIL partnership

Dontrez Styles has signed a new NIL partnership with Salvio’s Pizza in Cary, North Carolina. Following in the footsteps of Brady Manek and Justin McKoy.

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Salvio’s Pizza have said they will be naming a pizza after their newest athlete to be partnered with the pizzeria in Cary, as well as supplying meal prep. Tar Heel International spoke with Salvio’s Pizza about the new partnership.

“We’re working on the pizza now! We’ll see how his pizza making skills are.”

Salvio’s Pizza on the future Dontrez Styles Pizza

Last season, Brady Manek and Justin McKoy both partnered with Salvio’s Pizza with many guest appearances at the restaurant throughout the season.

Salvio’s Pizza will supply Dontrez Styles and Justin McKoy with a high-protein meal prep to help them throughout the season, don’t worry… they make sure it’s healthy.

“We setup meet and greets for the fans. All of the guys have been great and the people love them. We have a special athlete menu for high protein, complex carbs made with healthy fats that we meal prep… we don’t want the coaches mad at us.”

Salvio’s Pizza on what the partnership with Dontrez Styles and Justin McKoy includes.

Dontrez Styles averaged 6.6 MPG in his first season as a Tar Heel, with a highlight for most fans was his game-changing three-pointer in the NCAA Tournament against #1 Baylor. It’s an exciting season ahead for the UNC Men’s Basketball Team and we hope to see Trez play a big part in that.

Be sure to go check out Salvio’s Pizza at 2428 Cary Parkway, Cary, NC, they’re open Monday to Sunday.

Justin McKoy recently joined The Tar Heel Show to talk about his first season as a Tar Heel.

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Christian Keeling signs to play professionally in Finland

Christian Keeling is making his way across Europe since entering professional basketball. Keeling first signed for Glasgow Rocks in Scotland, followed by most recently for BC Rustavi in Georgia and his next chapter will be in Finland for Kataja Basket.

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Keeling is a scoring guard and he showed this in his time at Charleston Southern averaging 17.9 PPG through his first three years in South Carolina. Therefore, in his first season as a professional player, it was no surprise when Keeling was one of the top scorers in the British Basketball League playing for the Glasgow Rocks. Keeling led his team in PPG, APG and MPG. Keeling was in the Top 5 for PPG in the British Basketball League.

He travelled from ‘Georgia to Georgia’ for the 2021/22 season signing for BC Rustavi, one of the most decorated teams in Georgian Basketball. Keeling averaged 16.2 PPG in 22 games for BC Rustavi and finished with a 9-11 record.

Keeling’s next move will be for Kataja Basket in the Korisliiga in Finland, where his former teammate and fellow graduate transfer Justin Pierce has been playing for the past two seasons.

“I definitely talked to Justin, he’s been there for two years. It’s exciting and I’m ready to work!”

Christian Keeling speaking to Tar Heel International about his move to Finland.

Keeling will also be playing in the FIBA Europe Cup this season, the highest level knockout competition he has played in professionally.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
GLASGOW ROCKS (SCOTLAND)2020/2134.117.22.895.1
BC RUSTAVI (GEORGIA)2021/2233.616.23.55.8
Statistics are up to date as of July 21st (source: basketball.realgm.com and proballers.com)

Tar Heel International will be keeping you up-to-date with how Christian is doing in Finland over the next season.

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Marcus Paige signs to play professional basketball in Spain

The Liga ACB is known around the world to be the second best basketball league, after the NBA. Now, Marcus Paige will be lacing up against some of the best players to play for Monbus Obradoiro in Spain.

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Marcus Paige is coming off a good season for Orleans Loiret in France after a few years with distinguished European team, KK Partizan.

Marcus averaged 9.93 PPG in 29.9 MPG including 42% from behind the arc last season in France. Orleans Loiret finished with a 12-22 record.

There were challenges, as Marcus was sidelined for quite some time with a separated shoulder, but Marcus returned to finish the season strong.

Monbus Obradoiro finished last season with a 12-22 record and Paige will be hoping to be that spark for the Spanish side as he was so many times in Chapel Hill.

“I’ve wanted to play in the ACB for a while, so it should be fun.”

Marcus Paige speaking to Tar Heel International

In the state of North Carolina, Marcus Paige is a household name. From 2012-2016 Paige brought Tar Heel fans memories that will last a lifetime. Since graduating from Chapel Hill, Paige played 5 NBA games with the Charlotte Hornets and spent some time in the G-League before heading to Europe to play professionally.

The Liga ACB is notably known for being one of the best leagues in the world and many Tar Heels have played there, most recently Luke Maye and Deon Thompson.

It is likely we will see a Marcus Paige vs Luke Maye match-up yet again, after both players battled each other two seasons ago in the Euro Cup.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGSPG
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2018/1924.210.53.721.1
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2019/2022.39.931.880.79
PARTIZAN BELGRADE (SERBIA)2020/2126.29.22.40.9
ORLEANS LOIRET (FRANCE)2021/2229.99.933.371.07
Statistics are up to date as of July 18th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

Tar Heel International is excited to be covering Marcus’s next chapter in Spain with updates throughout the coming season.

Marcus joined The Tar Heel Show this past season, to talk about his time overseas and his stories from Chapel Hill, you can watch the episode here:

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Kenny Williams to play in the Basketball Champions League

Kenny Williams, 2017 National Champion, will be going for more silverware this year after recently signing for AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League, who will be a favourite in the Basketball Champions League in 2022/23.

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Kenny Williams has been playing professional basketball overseas for just over a year now after one game in Israel before an injury, followed by a season in Greece for Kolossos Rodou in Rhodes, Greece.

Williams averaged 12.72 PPG in 32.2 MPG this past season in the Greek Basket League finishing in third place in the regular season, one place ahead of AEK Athens. Rhodes did have a shock exit early in the playoffs.

AEK Athens does have a rich history in basketball though, most recently winning the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 2019. Athens will be hoping to win the Basketball Champions League again, which they last won in 2018.

Ilias Kantzouris, recently left the role of Head Coach for Kolossos Rodou to become the new Head Coach for AEK Athens, so Williams will have a familiar face with him in the capital of Greece.

Last season, Kenny’s former Tar Heel teammate, Luke Maye had a great season in the Basketball Champions League averaging 11.2 PPG in the competition and taking the Spanish side, BAXI Manresa all the way to the final, just missing out to Lenovo Tenerife.

Kenny joined The Tar Heel Show this past season, to talk about his time overseas and his stories from Chapel Hill, you can watch the episode here:

Tar Heel International wishes Kenny good luck this next season and will be looking forward to covering his statistics for another year.

TEAMSEASONMPGPPGAPGRPG
KOLOSSOS RHODES (GREECE)2021/2232.212.722.23.56
Statistics are up to date as of July 15th (source: basketball.realgm.com)

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