Another big man has decided to leave North Carolina, and he’ll be another hot commodity in the transfer portal.
Earlier this evening, it was reported by Matt Zenitz of al.com that senior forward Garrison Brooks has decided to finish his college career elsewhere.
Have learned that North Carolina basketball forward Garrison Brooks, an Alabama native and product of Auburn High School, has entered the transfer portal. Has been a four-year starter at UNC and was a second-team All-ACC in 2019-20.— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) April 10, 2021
Brooks will be entering the transfer portal with an extra season of eligibility due to the NCAA blanket waiver that was put into the place before the start of the season.
This past season, Brooks posted 10.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. From the field, he shot 46.9%.
As a junior in the 2019-20 season, Brooks was a Second-Team All-ACC selection, as he led the conference with an average of 18.8 points per game in league play. For the entire season, he averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 boards and 2.0 assists per game on 53.5% shooting.
After the news of the Cats being involved with fellow North Carolina big man Walker Kessler, it seems the Kentucky staff is actually looking to add another frontcourt piece for this season. Brooks is a veteran piece, but overall with Oscar Tshiebwe, Daimion Collins and Keion Brooks already on the roster, it seems the this could cause a logjam in the post.
Saying this, there’s growing buzz that Keion could be transferring himself. If that happens, then getting a player the caliber of Garrison should be something Kentucky takes a hard look at doing.
Expect to see several major programs reach out to Brooks in the coming days. Now the question becomes will Kentucky be one of them.
In the meantime, check out some of Brooks’ highlights below!