Roy Williams returned to his alma mater in hopes to lead the North Carolina basketball team in a way that would honor his mentor Dean Smith.
I will not go as far as to say Roy Williams is surpassing his idol in supreme coaching status; to do so would be hard to say about a legend like Dean Smith. But two national titles in five years and to have the recruiting classes lined up the way Roy has it right now is down right unfair.
He led a 2005 North Carolina team to a national title, but then heard the buzz that he could never do it with his own recruits. He proved the critics wrong as he recruited guys that would be one of the best all-time North Carolina teams and win yet another national title in 2009.
As if two titles in five years wasn't enough, Roy Williams is doing everything he can to keep the banners falling inside the Dean Dome.
For the 2009-2010 season he recruited a class ranked second nationally, which is filled with the likes of five McDonald's All-Americans. John Henson, Dexter Strickland, Leslie McDonald, and the Wear twins are all seeing solid playing time this season.
Then people began saying that while the frontcourt was loaded, there was a major void in the backcourt for the young heels.
Is that so?
Roy Williams then signs two top-ranked gaurds in Reggie Bullock and Kendall Marshall for the 2010-2011 season. These two will be more than capable to load up the point guard and shooting guard positions.
Is that not enough, Roy? It doesn't seem so.
Harrison Barnes sealed what should be a North Carolina team on a completely different level than the rest of the nation next year. The No. 1 ranked recruit signed to North Carolina in another heartbreaking loss for Duke; Coach K continues to struggle in the recruiting battle with his cross-town foe.
Wait, Roy isn't done. For the 2011-2012 season he already has verbal commits from another pair of diaper-dandies. James McAdoo and P.J. Hairston are both ranked in the ESPN top 25 for 2011.
It is no better feeling than being on North Carolina's side the past several years, and what will be some succesful years to come. If Roy Williams has anything to do with it, it seems North Carolina won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
Roy Williams does not rebuild, he re-loads.
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