ICTV UNC Basketball Preview: Sterling Manley
Inside Carolina beat reporter Greg Barnes and basketball analyst Rob Harrington are doing player-by-player previews of the key contributors on the 2018-19 North Carolina basketball roster. They will take a thumbnail look at what to expect this season. A 6-11 sophomore post player from Pickerington, Ohio (Pickerington Central H.S.), Sterling Manley started the season showing that he had lots of room for improvement, and over the course of the season he closed the gap, showing glimpses of what he can do. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 10.0 minutes per game, hitting 56.6 percent of his shots from the floor (highest on the team among players averaging 10 minutes per game.) He was fourth on the team in free throw attempts (54 for 78) and shot 81.6 percent in ACC games. Registered his first double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds in just 17 minutes against Bucknell.
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ICTV: Sterling Manley at Media Day
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sophomore post player Sterling Manley shares his thoughts on the season to come with reporters on media day. Was there any moment when you said, "Man, this is going to be different this year?" Just like working out in the summer? Just working out with the guys. Like my conditioning test, I can push through certain things that I haven't been able to push through before. I was like, "Dang, we're going to be special, it's starting to come along. As a freshman you get tired, and you can't go longer; as a sophomore you realize that you get tired but you still have a little bit left. You know you are going to have the same conditioning. You know we are going to run the same plays. So you know how to push through or coast it out or whatever you want to say. So just learning those things, and this game starts to become slower. Little things are coming to me, and I'm like, "Yeah, this is going to be a special season." There is an opening for the big man spot, whether you go two big or not. What do you think about that and what you can do with Garrison (Brooks) or Nassir (Little)? What is going on there for that big man spot? We are just competing every day at practice. All we have to do is audition for Coach (Williams) every day. When we have practice in 30 minutes it is another audition to show Coach what I can do and just have him trust me more. We are just competing and showing Coach what we can do so when it comes to that game time when that lineup is called you hope your name is in it.