UNC-BAC: Roy Williams Postgame

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Inside Carolina's postgame coverage includes video and quotes from head coach Roy Williams's postgame press conference following UNC's exhibition game Friday night against Belmont Abbey.



How much separation is there between Justin Jackson and anyone else for the starting spot at this point?

"I don't have an answer for that because we don't go out and measure how far ahead somebody is, but ... 8-for-10 is pretty efficient so he hasn't hurt himself by the way he's played. ... He has a knack for the ball finding his hands ... He's working hard to become a better defensive player. He's naturally an instinctive basketball player that makes the right pass. He's going to be a good shooter - he hasn't really shown the range that he has ... He's going to be a very good shooter for us. He understands he needs to keep working and that has helped him."

Kennedy Meeks has talked about how his brain is still getting used to his different body ...

"... I've told him that he's done a great job with his body and now he's got to understand who he is. He is more athletic, he is more explosive, so don't worry about making seven pump fakes - just make one pump fake and go up. He got out for the first time in his career and denied one on the perimeter and dunked it on the other end. What he's done is really hard - 319 (pounds) to 264. That's really hard. So now he does need to understand he's not who he used to be."

J.P. Tokoto had six assists tonight, what makes him such an effective passer?

"Six assists and zero turnovers. That's even better. I talk to him all the time that he has the best eyes of any guy on our team right now about seeing things, but sometimes he fails to see the defensive player. It's like a quarterback making bad passes. ... One time early in the first half he had a three he could have shot and he moved it three or four more passes and ended up getting a layup and foul inside. So he's understanding that a heck of a lot more too ..."

The team shot well from the field but again didn't shoot well from three. Is three-point shooting something that you're worried about?

"I'm always going to be worried about our shooting, I've said that every day. We haven't been a great shooting team, that's why we need to be a great rebounding team. But in the first half Joel Berry shot a three that went all the way in and came back in, Marcus missed one from the corner that I thought was going in, and Theo was 0-for-4 but every one of them looked good. So I liked the shot selection of threes. We're working hard on our shooting and trying to give the guys confidence..."


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