ICTV: 2017 Center Signee Sterling Manley's Scouting Report

IC hoops recruiting analyst Rob Harrington illustrates the game of senior signee Sterling Manley, using exclusive footage and analysis to forecast the developing big man's trajectory at UNC.

Sterling Manley doesn't necessarily project as a star for the Tar Heels, and he may begin his career as the third-string center behind Tony Bradley and Brandon Huffman, but overlooking his long-range promise would be a mistake.

Blessed with true center height (6-10 and growing) and long arms, he presents a formidable defensive presence that should offer him his first opportunity to crack Carolina's rotation. He also possesses quick, well-coordinated hands, enabling him to make an impact as a rebounder and face-up jump shooter. As he gains strength and continues to recover from a devastating leg break he suffered last season, he should be able to cultivate a more consistent power game as well.

He clearly has been coached and carries a solid frame, which should accelerate his development as well. In an age when fewer big men play like true big men — and some of those who do leave after one year for the NBA — Manley projects as the kind of multi-year contributor who has improved each season at UNC and ultimately becomes one of the ACC's best frontcourt players.


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