Friday PC Quotes + Audio

Inside Carolina's Friday press conference coverage includes quotes and audio from head coach Roy Williams and Deon Thompson, who spoke to the media as the Tar Heels begin preparations for Saturday's home ACC battle with Maryland.

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On having recruit commitments so early in their high school career:
"Partly, but the culture is that kids want to make decisions so early now. If you keep holding kids off, then they're going to make a decision because they don't think that you're going to ask them to the prom to start with, much less get a dance with them. Part of it is that two years ago, we didn't bring in anybody. This fall we brought in three kids, so we've had some time to focus on the underclassmen, and that's where we chosen to spend the time. So far, it's worked pretty well. But it is such a different culture."

Is there risk involved with getting a commitment from a kid so young:
"There's definitely a risk. A couple of kids that we've been fortunate enough to say nice things about us, as much as I love them, it's been a little scary when you're a sophomore. But I do have a great deal of confidence in those kids. There is a lot of risk – guys change – but the kind of kids that we're talking about have such great character that I don't expect to have any worries later on."

On Tyler Hansbrough getting roughed up during games:
"There's no question that I do worry about it. He shoots a lot of free throws, and everybody – you guys included – make a big thing about how many free throws he shoots. I think he should shoot more. I think he gets beat to death so many times, but part of it is the nature of his own game. I'm not going to ask him to change because he wouldn't be Tyler then. We do try to give him some rest, even more so in practice than in games, and try to do some things differently, but that's the nature of the business. He is a very physical player who has never got to the borderline of being dirty, it's just that he plays very aggressively and because of that, other people respond and sometimes it gets very physical."

On Maryland:
"I think they've won five of their last six after what happened a month ago. We realize the last time we played them was up at Maryland last year – they beat us up there. Vasquez played in the game, Hayes played in the game, Gist played in the game [and] Osby played in the game, so they're not deep experience-wise, but they do have a lot of experience in those first four or five guys. I think that our club will do a good job in getting ready to play."



On why this team is able to win close games this year:
"We're finding ways to actually make plays and find stops when we need them, so that's going to help."

Why is that?
"We're more mature -- just have a year under our belt, which helps us in those situations."

Coach Williams said you guys were lucky…
"Maybe in the Clemson game we actually did make plays, but [in] the Georgia Tech game we did get lucky."

How much does Coach Williams stress defense?
"From the way we play, you probably wouldn't he stresses it that much, but he stresses it every single day. I think that's one of the biggest things with us. But it's something that we're going to have to do ourselves."

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