College Basketball

Bilas: No one out-works Roy on the recruiting trail

Posted November 17, 2009
Updated November 18, 2009

Extended Interview: Roy Williams

One of the hottest topics in sports this week is the decision of an Iowa teenager to attend the University of North Carolina.  Rated the best basketball prospect in the nation, Harrison Barnes chose to play for coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels.

What seems to be stirring up the most opinions in the heart of ACC hoops country is not the fact that Barnes chose UNC, but that Barnes chose Roy over K.

Did Mike Krzyzewski 'lose' the Barnes battle to Williams? Has Coach K lost his ability to land the elite recruits?

ESPN's Jay Bilas won't go as far as to say Krzyzewski is losing his edge in recruiting, but he does believe that no one is better than Williams in the recruiting battle.

"I think one of the things that makes Roy Williams – in my judgment, the best recruiter out there period – is, nobody can recruit to a place that isn't a great school..." Bilas told 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio.

Of course coaching at one of the best programs in the history of college basketball helps Williams' situation.  But, what is it that puts Ol' Roy over the top?

"I think what makes Roy Williams an unbelievable recruiter is, he works at it," Bilas says.  "He's an unbelievably hard worker.  He's in the gym all the time, and he takes recruiting personally." 

Bilas, however, qualifies his opinions on Williams with a defense of Krzyzewski.

"Coach K does too.  I don't know that I could say I see him absolutely as much in every gym that I see Roy Williams ...  My sense is that it's an incredible personal endeavor for Roy.  And I know it is for Coach K too."

Regarding the pageantry surrounding the Barnes decision, Bilas didn't have a problem with the grand presentation of his letter of intent.  But, the former Duke big man says it would be nice if Barnes and other recruits didn't string along the coaches who have worked so hard to get a commitment.

"I think common courtesy dictates that you pick up the phone and say, 'Hey, listen.  Thanks for recruiting me, but I'm going to Carolina, or I'm going to wherever you go.'  Let them know," Bilas told The Insiders. 

"So that they're not watching with their rosary beads, and all that, and their rabbit's feet, and hoping it's them."

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  • shdunc1 Nov 19, 9:59 a.m.

    Well K had less talent last year and don't think he got more out of them.

    — Posted by wstarhawks

    K is a better coach than Roy Williams. K gets more out of less. K is more of game-time coach.... View More

    — Posted by hi_i_am_wade

    Geez all you people are acting like k fields teams of high school rejects. Why don't you add up the number of Mickey D's Roy has had versus the ones that k has had.

  • shdunc1 Nov 19, 9:55 a.m.

    Thats true Roy recruits the better players. Look at the type of players though. Duke players... View More

    — Posted by golfnturf2

    Yeah, I am sure K didn't recruit any of these gang bangers - Tyler Hansbrough, Bobby Frasor,... View More

    — Posted by joeltarheel66

    Yeah, k wants the good boys like Laettner - you know the kind of player that stomps on an... View More

    — Posted by shdunc1

    Roy is Win at all cost. please dont compare the type of players roy gets compared to K.... View More

    — Posted by golfnturf2

    Yes, one instance was from several years ago - what difference does that make? It still happened. The others are very, very recent. As you for drinking the kool aid and blaming the victim, EVERYBODY knows that is just WRONG!! As to your other points - you should look at your own team regarding leaving in the starters and running up the score. k is notorius for it!!

  • hi_i_am_wade Nov 18, 9:54 p.m.

    Well K had less talent last year and don't think he got more out of them.

    — Posted by wstarhawks

    K is a better coach than Roy Williams. K gets more out of less. K is more of game-time coach. Roy, like Dean Smith, has a system. The systems work well. Although Roy learned from Dean, Roy made Dean's style better because Roy emphasizes tough defense and high-octane offense. If the system is struggling, Roy is less able to adapt the game than K. Be that as it may, Roy is winning more because he is a great recruiter. For every good player K gets, Roy gets 2 or 3. Talent coupled with experience make UNC the better team despite Roy not being as good of a coach. Of course, Roy is a good coach, otherwise no matter how much talent he had, it wouldn't matter. (Read: Sidney Lowe and all the squandered talent by him.)

    If I had to choose, it would be Roy Williams because the complete package Roy Williams brings is slightly better than the complete package K brings.

  • StunGunn Nov 18, 5:36 p.m.

    I agree that Roy is the hardest working coach when it comes to recruiting. He won his first NC on a Monday night and by Wednesday he was back on the recruiting trail. Roy also has the storied program on UNC behind him. Roy and Carolina's rich history are hard to resist, and if a kid wants an education (I believe some do), Carolina isn't too shabby on that front either.

  • randun Nov 18, 5:13 p.m.

    I've been Duke Blue for so many years now I've lost track! Bilas is spot on. Williams is so far ahead of K now it's ludicrous. K most definitely has lost his edge for numerous reasons. Williams was never at the recruiting level that he is now while at Kansas? Why? Again, numerous reasons... K has to back away from the 'one & done' mentality or he'll never catch Williams again, & you know what that means...fewer, if any FF's & the obviously the same for NC's. So sad...

  • golfnturf2 Nov 18, 4:36 p.m.

    but bilas is correct Roy gets the best players

  • golfnturf2 Nov 18, 4:33 p.m.

    Roy is Win at all cost. please dont compare the type of players roy gets compared to K. obviously there are some players they both go after, hansbrough, barnes, etc. but carolina gets some players that K want even look at.

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    Thats true Roy recruits the better players. Look at the type of players though. Duke players... View More

    — Posted by golfnturf2

    Yeah, I am sure K didn't recruit any of these gang bangers - Tyler Hansbrough, Bobby Frasor,... View More

    — Posted by joeltarheel66

    Yeah, k wants the good boys like Laettner - you know the kind of player that stomps on an... View More

    — Posted by shdunc1

    lets see. you are talking about a play that happened 17 year ago. He steped on his chest and i am pretty sure it didnt do anything to him, besides laetnner shouldnt have done that it was a low blow. Now the henderson incident. Maybe Roy shouldnt have had his starters in with 10 seconds left and up by nine (running up the score). Copeland did the same thing verse NC State last year. (another embarassing moment for the heels) and Tarholes forget two years before that ty lawson running down the court and scoring right before the buzzer even tho the game was already won. I can keep going if you like? jus let me know

  • vangsan4 Nov 18, 4:24 p.m.

    If the men that are comparing coach K and coach Roy would take their heart off their sleeves and look at each coaches recruits. They'll see coach Roy has had the better athletes of the two schools. I beleive if each coach could flip flop their players from their teams of the past in an exibitions match (giving time to train) . Coach K would come out on top. I think he's done more with less than coach Roy. I do respect both men as great coaches and the triangle should be proud of competition in their backyard. As for Bilas... I think he calls it like he sees it. UNC has the ups on recruits.

  • golfnturf2 Nov 18, 4:19 p.m.

    no, ROY wasn't devestated, he got graves.

    — Posted by onyourheels2

    HAHAHA

  • shdunc1 Nov 18, 2:52 p.m.

    Thats true Roy recruits the better players. Look at the type of players though. Duke players... View More

    — Posted by golfnturf2

    Yeah, I am sure K didn't recruit any of these gang bangers - Tyler Hansbrough, Bobby Frasor,... View More

    — Posted by joeltarheel66

    Yeah, k wants the good boys like Laettner - you know the kind of player that stomps on an opponent's chest. Or Henderson who swats at a ball so angrily that he 'accidentally' breaks his opponent's nose instead. Or Singler, who while sitting on the floor, swings his elbow at that very same opponent. That kind of player???

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