North Carolina Tar Heels seniors played in their final game at the Dean Dome on Monday night, and when the game was over, they grabbed a microphone and delivered farewell speeches to the home crowd.
When it was Iowa native Marcus Paige's turn, North Carolina coach Roy Williams was left fighting back tears.
The senior guard took the time to show his coaching staff and (current and former) teammates some love. While everything he said came straight from the heart, his message to Williams stood out above the rest:
As simple as that message may seem, it was anything but. Williams has not only helped Paige elevate his game, but he has also helped him grow as a person off the court. And for that, the Tar Heels guard will always be grateful.
Here's Paige's full speech:
Paige went out a winner, helping his Tar Heels pull out a 75-70 victory over the Syracuse Orange in his final game in Chapel Hill.