Roy Williams Radio Show Quotes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Did you miss what Roy Williams said on his radio program Monday night? Here are some excerpts from the live call-in show hosted by Woody Durham ...

On William Graves:
"Will was able to get some time in the game [Sunday] night. I think he played 10 minutes. I think Will is going to be an exceptional basketball player, and before his time is over with, he's going to be one of the best players in the league. He's got a good feel for the game, and what he's got to do is continue to work on the defensive end of the floor so that it's easier to put him in the game."

On Danny Green:
"Last year, Danny didn't play much, but got some time in practice at the four spot. [He] didn't play much during the course of the games because we had Reyshawn [Terry], and we could just slide Reyshawn down to the four. This year, Danny's going to play some at the four, and it gives him a little bit of a different look.

"He made one comment to the press that he runs down there and he posts up and he's open and they don't throw him the ball, and now he knows what those guys felt like when Coach Williams' said, ‘Throw the ball inside.' I think it has given him new perspective. Danny has improved and I feel very comfortable putting him in the game at either spot. He's going to cause some matchup problems for some other guys as well."

On recruiting to replace Green:
"The guys that are going to be freshmen next year – none of those guys are pure No. 3 men, if you want to put a number on them, which is what Danny's natural position is. We've got a point guard and two big guys, so in the next recruiting class, that 2/3 man – and maybe even two of them – has got to be a huge emphasis for us."

If there's anything he does not like about being ranked No. 1:
"Not really. I'd much rather be ranked No.1 than No. 317. Especially after you start playing games, because it means you're winning. We have ‘North Carolina' on our jerseys, so we're going to get everybody's best shot anyway. We're going to be the biggest game – we played Davidson last week, and we were the biggest game on their schedule. Iona, we're the biggest game on their schedule, so I really can't think of anything that I don't like [about it]."

On next year's schedule:
"We are playing in the Maui Invitational… We play Cal-Santa Barbara on the way out there. I think either on Friday or Saturday, and then fly on over to Maui and play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. It's a great, great field – as good of a field as I've seen there in a long time. When we played there in 2005, I didn't think it was nearly as strong as it is next year. Next year you have Notre Dame, Indiana, St. Joseph's, Alabama, Texas, us, Chaminade and they are all pretty good…

"Arizona – I feel sure that we'll continue the series. Lute Olson is a good friend of mine, and he just wanted to skip this season and start it again, so we will be playing Arizona next year. We will have Kentucky coming back into our place. We'll be going to Chicago to play Valparaiso in the United Center to take Bobby Frasor back home."

On Tyler Hansbrough's technical foul against Davidson:
"I had no problem with the technical being called on Tyler. I think a technical should have also been called on the other player for trying to walk through Tyler, instead of just avoiding him. I think he initiated the collision. So I have no problem with Tyler being called [and] I think it should have been a double technical. I have a huge problem with Tyler doing it and I took him out and told him that was a stupid play. It was four points for the other team.

"I told my guys this, ‘I'll fight anybody on my team and I'll fight anybody in college basketball in a basketball game.' All I've got to do is run around for about five seconds and somebody is going to break it up. You don't show courage out there. I like to see those guys that will fight on a playground until somebody can't fight any longer. In a game, it's a macho thing – don't get caught up in that."



"Roy Williams Live" airs Monday evenings on Tar Heel Sports Network affiliates.


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