Former UNC assistant Jerod Haase didn't just take Bobby Frasor with him when he left Chapel Hill to become head coach at UAB. Some former Tar Heels players have been (and will be) in Birmingham, too, helping Haase out with his youth camps this month.
Steve Irvine of The Birmingham News writes that Sean May and Marvin Williams -- two of the stars of UNC's 2005 national title team -- were at Bartow Arena on Wednesday to mingle with the kids. And Tyler Hansbrough, who starred on the 2009 NCAA championship team (along with Frasor, Haase's new director of operations), is scheduled to help at camp next week.
It looks like the Carolina "family" has a new branch down south.
"It was one of those no-brainers," Williams said. "Anything that Coach Haase ever needs, he knows to call me. I think he thought I was joking. He called me back about three weeks later and asked if I was serious about coming. I told him just to tell me when and I was there."
Haase told the paper he hopes to develop the same kind of bond with his players at UAB as he has with the Tar Heels.
"That kind of relationship with players at North Carolina, that's something I hope to build here," Haase said. "I hope years from now we're talking about former UAB players who are (NBA players) coming back for camp, as well."
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