The Tar Heel Tour -- a series of Rams Club events where various head coaches make short speeches, and take questions from fans after a lunch/dinner -- made its latest stop in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday night.
UNC basketball coach Roy Williams addressed several of the same issues he did during the Tour dinner in Chapel Hill, N.C., last week, including the fact that 14 former Tar Heels have shown interest in the open assistant coaching job, and that the position will eventually go to a person with Tar Heels ties.
But he made some other interesting comments, according to this story by Bryan Ives at Inside Carolina, including:
Williams called John Clougherty, the ACC Head of Officials, this season for the first time in three years in reference to the home loss to Duke. Specifically, Williams called to contest the physical play against Tyler Zeller in that game.
“When he inadvertently tipped that basketball in, he got shoved like crazy from the back,” Williams said. “It was a huge play four feet in front of the official.”
Williams was also asked, by a member of the audience, if he stopped recruiting Mason Plumlee (who ended up at Duke) because he did not want to go head-to-head on the recruiting trail with Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski. That didn't go over so well:
“I went to freaking Ames, Iowa, eleven times and his [rear end] went twice,” Williams said, according to Inside Carolina, in reference to the recruitment of Harrison Barnes. “Don’t tell me I'm not going to go head-to-head.”
Regarding Plumlee, Williams said, “It was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever done, because I needed two post players and all of a sudden I get a phone call from the Wear family.”
Having both Wear twins commit locked up both of the scholarship slots for forwards available, so there was no more room to woo Plumlee, Williams said. Why was it ultimately dumb? Because the Wear twins opted to transfer to UCLA after their freshman season, while Plumlee recently decided to return to Duke for another season, rather than leave early for the NBA.
Also, in addressing how "one-and-done" players change his recruiting strategy, Williams said the college game can't compete with the NBA as far as money and status. Therefore, according to Inside Carolina, Williams told the crowd he “has made some decisions over the last four or five years to not recruit certain kids, because it’s just going to be a one and done.”
At the same time, Williams recognizes that he needs to do what is in the best interest of the basketball program and University and that sometimes involves recruiting a player who may only stay one season, such as Marvin Williams and Brandan Wright.
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