Where the Heel Did You Go? Jackie Manuel
This is a segment I have been thinking about starting for a while now, and when I saw this article today I thought, “Why not today?”
Let’s all take a trip down memory lane and avoid as many cliches as possible. The year was 2005 and UNC had just won Roy Williams his first NCAA championship. That June, UNC would make history with four players selected in the first 14 picks of the NBA draft and one more being picked in the second round. One notable exception from that list of draftees was shutdown man Jackie Manuel.
Jackie has forgone the usual route of playing oversees and now plays with the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League.
Last season Jackie averaged 9.1 points and 7.1 rebounds and shot 47.9 percent from the field as a starter.
Over the off-season Jackie has changed up his diet, added close to 20 pounds of muscle and worked to improve his shooting touch. He was an abysmal 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 59.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Here’s to you Jackie, good luck in Erie and remember you’ll always have a possee in Chapel Hill.