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Kentucky head coach John Calipari likes to play freshmen to win championships and send them on their way to live out their NBA dreams. Roy Williams somehow is able to get his players to return year after year, building a team that will be a national championship favorite.
Since Williams began coaching at North Carolina, the one-and-done system has seen freshmen come and go in one swoop of a season for many national powerhouse teams, except Chapel Hill.
After winning in 2005 on the backs of juniors Raymond Felton and Sean May, Williams worked on molding his new players so that one day they would be poised to dominate college basketball again.
That's what happened between 2006 and 2009. We saw Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green, Deon Thompson, Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson all continue to stay in school in order to bring another championship to Chapel Hill. Once they left, the process started all over again, and the same happened again last year.
After losing four starters in the 2012 NBA draft, Williams continued molding the players he had left into contenders for the next season. While the system doesn't produce immediate winners, players continuously return to play for Roy.
This upcoming season is no different. The Tar Heels lost only two key players from the year before in Reggie Bullock and Dexter Strickland. However, they do return talent from the bench, along with three of the team's starters in Marcus Paige, McAdoo and P.J. Hairston.
Roy Williams develops his team's talent better then any coach in Division I basketball. It just takes time to form it into what he wants. Patience is a virtue, and if the past has told us anything, fans should expect this team to rise to the top of the ACC next season.