UNC's Williams out-blings UK's Calipari
September, 11, 2012
By Robbi Pickeral | ESPN.com
North Carolina coach Roy Williams couldn't quite match Kentucky coach John Calipari's 2012 national championship ring in trying to impress top-five recruit Julius Randle earlier this week (the Tar Heels, of course, fell short of the Final Four last season). But according to USA Today, Williams found a way to "31-up" him during an in-home visit with the highly-coveted forward.
First, Jason Jordan wrote, Williams opened a case featuring 30 rings earned from his two national championships, plus Final Four berths and league titles. And they make a shiny impact.
"When coach Williams opened the case you almost couldn't look directly in it for fear of going blind," Randle joked to USA Today. "It was crazy."
But that wasn't the end of the bling. Wrote Jordan:
Once he'd achieved the wide-eyed reaction he hoped for, Williams added the exclamation point, reaching into his pocket and pulling out Michael Jordan's 1992 NBA championship ring he won with the Chicago Bulls.
"He said Jordan gave it to him to show his players what they could achieve with hard work and determination," Randle said. "I was just shocked. I couldn't believe I was holding Jordan's ring."
Was it enough sparkle to lure Randle to Chapel Hill? Time will tell...
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