Former North Carolina star Brady Manek is sporting some new gear this offseason. This weekend, the fan-favorite UNC sniper took to Instagram to show off a silver chain encrusted with clear and blue diamonds that shape his face and his long hair and beard.
Manek revealed in his post that the necklace was made by a family-owned boutique in Norman, Oklahoma.
His former teammates love the new look:
Puff Johnson commented, “A very tough, very tough bird” while Leaky Black replied with “Hard”.
Check out Manek’s sweet new bling below:
Manek played four seasons in Oklahoma before deciding to use his extra season of eligibility to transfer to North Carolina for a super senior/graduate season. It couldn’t have gone better for Manek. After starting the season on the bench as UNC’s sixth man, Manek got a starting role once Dawson Garcia left the team. He thrived in the role of four UNC stretches and used his size and quick release to knock down three smaller defenders, score into the post and be a playmaker for the Tar Heels.
The Tar Heels got hot in the second half of the season. They have won 11 of their last 13 games to close out the regular season, including a 93-81 win over Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. UNC had a historic run in the NCAA tournament, making it all the way to the national championship game before losing to Kansas. With help from Manek, Carolina finished the season 29-10 in head coach Hubert Davis’ first year as head coach.
Manek played in all 39 games for Carolina and made 27 starts. He finished with averages of 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He shot 49.3% from the field and 40.3% from three.
He was often at his best on the biggest stage.
In the three games against Duke, Manek averaged 18.3 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from three points (14 of 26). In the Final Four game against the Blue Devils, the transfer from Oklahoma scored 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks and hit a monumental three to give UNC a 73-71 advantage with 1:41 to go. do in the game.
During his senior college season, Manek averaged 15.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for the Tar Heels. His rebounding average was the second best mark on the team and the second best total of his career. His 40.3% led all Tar Heels (min. 10 attempts).
Manek’s 98 three-point shots this season are second only to Justin Jackson’s 105 (2016-17) in the UNC record books.
After his impressive super senior season, Manek was invited to play with the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Summer League. In five Summer League games, Manek averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 38.2% from the field and 30.4% on three.