Tough Break for UNC Basketball Product Playing Overseas

Former UNC basketball big man Garrison Brooks must now recover from injury.
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In his first season with the BC Wolves of the Lithuania Basketball League, recent UNC basketball alum Garrison Brooks was averaging 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds as a regular contributor off the bench. But his first pro campaign outside of America has come to an end due to injury.

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On Saturday morning, the BC Wolves announced on social media that the 24-year-old Brooks is out for the remainder of the season with a fractured sacrum.

Following four seasons with the Tar Heels, Brooks transferred to Mississippi State to play his extra year of college ball, starting all 34 games for the 2021-22 Bulldogs. That fifth college campaign stemmed from the NCAA not counting the truncated 2020-21 season, Brooks' senior year in Chapel Hill, against anyone's eligibility.

He then went undrafted in 2022 before spending the 2022-23 season in the NBA G League.

As a UNC basketball junior in 2019-20, Garrison Brooks peaked at 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while starting alongside Armando Bacot in the Tar Heels' frontcourt. For his career as a Tar Heel, the 6-foot-10, 240-pound Alabama native and former composite four-star recruit averaged 9.6 points and 6.0 rebounds, drawing a starting nod in 108 of the 133 games he played.

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Matt Giles


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