Garrison Brooks was not projected to be drafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, but many expected him to at least test the process. He considered testing the draft waters but ultimately decided to return to the North Carolina Tar Heels for his fourth and final season. The rising senior forward had his best year this past season and is looking for one more year under Roy Williams. This year’s frontcourt will be far more crowded, but Brooks should still be the go-to post player.
SCOOP: After giving some thought to entering his name in the 2020 NBA draft, Garrison Brooks has decided he will return to UNC for his senior season. https://t.co/NwNA5pjhQr
— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) April 3, 2020
The Tar Heels have several freshmen coming in next year, and experience will be vital for Roy Williams. Brooks could also want to help redeem North Carolina after a disastrous season. His experience will be vital for younger forwards on the roster. It is hard to say if he could move into a draft position in the 2021 NBA Draft, but it is possible. Brooks has deserved his senior night moment with North Carolina.
His junior year was disappointing for team success, but Brooks was consistently good for the Tar Heels. He averaged 16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and two assists per game. Those are all massive jumps from his sophomore season. He also shot 53.5 percent from the field. Brooks isn’t known for taking three-pointers, but he did knock down 28.6 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc this year.
There was always a good chance that Brooks would be coming back for his last season with North Carolina. The confirmation that he would be returning is really good for Roy Williams. Brooks will have the chance to be the senior leader and help the underclassmen forwards this year.