After entering the transfer portal, former Oklahoma forward Brady Manek announced his transfer destination. In a tweet on Friday, Manek announced his plans to transfer to North Carolina.
Manek averaged 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season, but struggled in the final game of the year. Against Gonzaga in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Manek went 1-of-8 from the floor and scored just three points, while grabbing five rebounds.
His announcement can be viewed below.
New Beginnings… pic.twitter.com/pLZG87zEEB
— brady manek (@BradyManek) April 16, 2021
A four-star recruit in Lon Kruger’s 2017 class, Manek was a consistent contributor for the Sooners during his four years in Norman. Manek averaged double figures in every season he played at Oklahoma, including a career-high of 14.4 points per game as a junior in 2019-20. Manek was a Third Team All-Big 12 selection in his junior season.
The NCAA introduced the transfer portal on Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.
While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.