By now, it's a famous story. The morning after North Carolina's 77-71 win over Michigan in the 1993 national championship game, Dean Smith wasn't in Chapel Hill celebrating.
Instead, he was in Philadelphia looking to secure the commitment of a lanky, athletic 6-10 forward with a sweet shooting stroke. Though he'd visited with Smith before, that meeting helped finalize Rasheed Wallace's decision to enroll at North Carolina.
The post-national championship visit is a unique opportunity for coaches to show a recruit just how important they are to UNC. After the 2005 title, Roy Williams visited Ty Lawson. After the 2009 championship, he flew to Iowa to meet with Harrison Barnes.
This week, Williams's first recruiting trips following the 2017 title will include his two top junior targets.
On Thursday, after the NCAA's Recruiting Period begins at noon, Williams will be visiting with Romeo Langford, his father, Tim, confirmed to Inside Carolina. Langford, a 6-4 junior guard from New Albany (Ind.), is the No. 1-ranked shooting guard in the 2018 class.
Langford landed a Tar Heel offer last August and made a one-day unofficial visit to Chapel Hill in October. His offer list also includes Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, and Louisville. He averaged 28.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 blocks for New Albany his junior season.
On Friday, Williams will travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for an in-home visit with Zion Williamson, sources confirmed to Inside Carolina.
Williamson has been a clear top target for the Tar Heels' since Williams offered him last July. The Tar Heels head coach has made many trips to see him, including two in a three-day span in February. Williamson, in turn, has already logged three unofficial visits to Chapel Hill, most recently UNC's win over Duke in March.
Williamson, a versatile 6-7 forward whose athleticism has produced countless viral dunk videos, averaged 36.8 points and 13 rebounds while leading Spartanburg Day to its second consecutive state title as a junior. In addition to the Tar Heels, his lengthy offer list includes Arizona, Clemson, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and South Carolina.
Williamson and Langford are ranked the No. 2 and No. 3 overall prospects in the 2018 class, respectively, according to Scout.com.