Report: Former UNC star Brady Manek signs pro contract overseas
Former North Carolina forward Brady Manek has reportedly landed a pro contract.
Manek will play this season with the Perth Wildcats in the NBL. That’s according to a report from Christos Harpidis, who covers international basketball.
🇦🇺🤝Brady Manek to Perth Wildcats deal is done! Former @UNC_Basketball forward is heading to 10 times @NBL champions. @Totalbasketgr @PerthWildcats @BradyManek #nbl #basketball #ncaa #nba #NBASummerLeague pic.twitter.com/aUFC1U2Mn9
— Christos Harpidis (@chrisalucard) July 28, 2022
The NBL is a great landing spot for Manek. The NBL, based in Australia, is one of the most respected basketball leagues in the world. In recent years, the NBL has produced NBA players like RJ Hampton, Josh Giddey and Ousmane Dieng.
Last season, Perth finished in 5th place in the league. Manek’s ability to help space the floor should give him a chance at early playing time in his young career.
In Manek’s lone season with the Tar Heels, he made a tremendous impact as UNC’s starting power forward. He averaged 15.1 points per game and made 40.3% of his 3-point attempts — both career highs. Now, the Oklahoma native heads to Australia to start his professional journey.
The NBL’s regular season begins on Oct. 1.