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Williams uses offseason to get NBA feedback, recruits

Posted May 15

— Since winning the national championship, Roy Williams has spent little time celebrating, a lot of time recruiting and some of the time seeking NBA evaluation of his players.

In particular, underclassmen like Tony Bradley have Williams' interest.

"I haven't talked with him face to face in 10 days at least," Williams said Monday during ACC annual meetings at Amelia Island, Fla. "I haven't talked to him but once on the phone. We've tried to give him space because my whole thing is (this): tell me what you want to do and then let me find out enough information.

"I'll do the research to find out if what you want to do is sound, then jump right in there big fella."

Williams has coached 24 Tar Heel players who found their way to the NBA. But Bradley would be just the third player to turn pro after just one season with Williams.

"Think about it, why would I not want a guy to go?," Williams said. "It's just stupid but people will use that against us. If a guy comes and can go to the NBA and be guaranteed; this is the difference because I do say you need to be in the first round. You shouldn't just go.

"It doesn't have to be one and done. You can stay in college two years, three years. When you're ready to go, you go."

Critics point to his recruiting losses, but Williams prefers to showcase his five Final Fours and three National Titles since returning to North Carolina.

"Some guys stand on the tee and they try to hit a fade, other guys stand up there and try to hit a draw. You're trying to get to the middle of the fairway," Williams said. "They are still trying to have the same objective.

"There's more than one way to be successful."

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