UNC Basketball: The 5 Biggest Surprises of the Roy Williams Era

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Last week we took a look at some biggest disappointments during Coach Williams’s tenure, this week we are going to take a look at some biggest surprises during his time at UNC.

David Noel: Originally recruited as football player the Durham native was often overshadowed by his superstar teammates but that change prior to his senior season. After losing the top seven scorers from the 2005 national title team Coach Williams would turn to Noel to lead the team. In Coach Roy’s book Hard Work: A Life On and Off the Court he recalled a conversation he had with Noel before the season, “You’re going to have to be the greatest leader of all time. How you play and what you say are going to set the example for what I want everybody else to do”. Noel would embrace the leadership role and in Coach Williams words would become “the best leader I have ever coached”. After serving as the bridge between the May/Felton/McCants era and the Hansbrough/Lawson era David Noel would go on to play one season in the NBA and is currently playing overseas in France.

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