Former North Carolina forward Brady Manek is off to a good start as he begins his professional career.

Manek was one of just 44 prospects to earn an invite to the G-League Elite Camp, which serves as a precursor to the NBA scouting combine. The best players at the G-League event will compete at the NBA Scouting Combine in Chicago the following week.

This is a big step for Manek, whose NBA potential has been questioned throughout his collegiate career.

Manek’s shooting prowess and ability to make smart passing reads will likely give him a chance to stick in a professional league — whether that’s the NBA, the G-League or a European league is still to be determined.

His strengths outweighed his weaknesses down the stretch for North Carolina. He was a key reason why the Tar Heels made a run to the National Championship Game, beating No. 1-seeded Baylor and upsetting Duke along the way.

Manek averaged 18.8 points on 54.3% shooting and 47.8% from 3-point range in the NCAA Tournament.

The G-League Elite Camp takes place May 16-17 in Chicago. The NBA Draft is on June 23.