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Posted by BOSTON MAVERICKS | June 30, 2018 11:11:04After nearly a year away from the court, Tarheels guard Austin Brown is back on the court with a new team and new teammates.

Brown returned to practice Wednesday after missing nearly the entire season with a left knee injury suffered during a December 2017 game against Gonzaga.

Brown said his rehabilitation was a long and rigorous process that included working out with NBA players, visiting with doctors and even getting tested for the virus.

“It was an amazing time for me and for the team,” Brown said.

“It’s not just me, it’s my teammates.

It’s not like this is a day-by-day thing.

It was a lot of rehab.

We’re going to keep going.

Brown said he and his teammates were excited to be back with a team that they’ve supported throughout his injury-riddled and frustrating 2016-17 season.””

But it was an intense time.”

Brown said he and his teammates were excited to be back with a team that they’ve supported throughout his injury-riddled and frustrating 2016-17 season.

“You never know where this will take us,” Brown added.

“We’re really excited to get back to playing.

It feels good to play with the guys again.

It felt great last year.

Now we have a different mindset.”

Brown, a 6-foot-8 junior, averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in his first season with the Bulldogs, who finished 13-17 overall and 10-19 in the Big East.

The 6-6, 245-pounder, who had played at Oregon State, Utah, Florida and Virginia, was ranked No. 6 by ESPN’s 247Sports Composite.

The Tarhels have made six consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.

They reached the Sweet 16 in 2017, losing to Virginia in the round of 32.

Brown was averaging 16.5 assists per game during his final season.

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