North Carolina head coach Roy Williams recently visited North Mississippi when he attended the New Albany Kiwanis Hotbed Classic to see recent signee Leslie McDonald and the Briarcrest Christian School out of Memphis take on the Oxford Chargers.
“I love going to see kids that have already joined our family and there’s no question that part of (the job) is fun,” Coach Williams.
McDonald scored a game-high 27 points in the Saints 74-47 victory over the Chargers.
“I was a high school coach for five years and I love to support high school athletics. If you are a basketball coach that don’t enjoy going to see good high school basketball you are quite crazy,” Williams said with a laugh.
After averaging about an 80% win percentage in 15 seasons at Kansas, he became the eighteenth head coach at North Carolina in 2003 when he replaced Matt Doherty. Coach Williams won his 500th career game against High Point University and earned his first national title when the Tar Heels beat Illinois for the 2005 National Championship.
In 2007, Williams was inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame and has an overall record of 577-136 in 21 seasons and a 159-35 record in six seasons at North Carolina.
The legendary coach left a piece of advice for high school student-athletes.
“One thing they have to do is take care of business in the classroom. You don’t want someone else telling you that you can’t do this or you can’t do that, you just take care of your own business and do the job in the classroom.”
North Carolina is 17-2 and 3-2 in the ACC while being ranked fifth in the nation, but are expected to raise in the rankings after top ranked West Virginia’s 78-71 loss to Virginia Tech.