Post-Banquet Interviews (w/audio)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Following the team's season-ending banquet on Thursday night, Roy Williams and several players spoke with the media ...



Can you give us any update on the three guys ...

"Not really, because we're not finished with the process. They need to make the decision by the 27th and they'll make a decision before that, but we're not finished with the process right now."

What do you know about each of their pro prospects at the moment?

"If I was going to go through all that, it'd take an hour. I've talked to, by tomorrow, 18 NBA teams. At the end of the process, I'll tell you everything ..."

How do the other underclassmen that have declared impact their decisions?

"A little, but I don't think it's huge. You make a decision on what you think is best for you, best for your family. Are you ready? Is it something you want to do?"

How much do you think the desire to win a championship factors in?

"It's part of it. Last year Tyler thought he could get better and he was enjoying college life. ... But I don't think [championships] are the only factor."

Last year, Brandan [Wright] was the only one at this point who hadn't decided. Is there anything making the process take longer this year?

"We played seven days longer. I think that's the biggest thing. It got started seven days later than last year - I'd have liked it to be nine frickin' days later, that'd have been a lot more fun. ... and I think probably doing it with one guy, basically last year. Tyler, the first conversation last year, said he didn't want to go. I still checked, but I was doing the majority of checking on Brandan, whereas this year it's three guys, so I'm sure that's a part of it."

On trainer Marc Davis retiring -

"I hate to see Marc go. He's the only trainer I've ever known at North Carolina - 10 years as an assistant, leave for 15, come back for five. My trust for him is unmatched. My respect for his opinion and his work is unmatched. So it's a big loss for me, but we've had discussions for a year and a half about it, so it's not a surprise."



What are some of the lasting memories that'll stick with you from this team?

"Just everything. Everything we've gone through. And just away from basketball, the road trips, laughing and joking with these guys, that's what I'll remember for the rest of my life."

What type of impact do you think you've made on this team?

"Hopefully a positive one. Hopefully a good one. I just want to see them do so well next year - and I think they will."

On the NBA decisions of Hansbrough, Lawson and Ellington -

"I just want what's best for them and whatever decision makes them happy, I want them to run with that."



Have you heard what the NBA decisions will be for those guys?

"... I don't know, I really don't know. I don't want to know, honestly. I'm just hoping everyone comes back. I'm sure the guys are really thinking hard about their decision, but I've got no information about that."

Is that something you guys have avoided talking about?

"Absolutely. Like I said, I'd much rather not know and just read about it in the papers or see it on ESPN. It's a personal decision they need to make and I hope they all make the decision to come back."

How do you feel about the new guys coming in next year?

"I'm very excited about the new guys coming in. Every time you get a new group of guys coming in, you feel like it's you again and you get to re-live a bit of that. And you just get excited about what they're going to do here and add to the team next year ..."

How long did it take you guys to get past the Kansas loss and move on?

"When the highlight came on tonight, Mike Copeland leaned over to me and said 'This hurts.' And I said, 'I know.' It hurts every time we have to hear Kansas, it hurts every time we think about it, every time we see that Sports Illustrated. It hurts because obviously this team wanted to do more. Woody has been saying it the best - you can't take anything away from what we accomplished. We had a great season and we enjoyed the ride."



How'd you feel like your sophomore season went?

"It went pretty good. I think I got more confident towards the end, just playing strong and being aggressive. I wish we had gone farther, but I was happy with my season."

How did leaving the team to be with your father and coming back impact your season?

"It made me more focused when I came back. I was able to re-dedicate myself to the season ... that was in the back of my mind, but I was able to keep my focus."

What's your offseason plan for getting ready for next season?

"Working on my game, having a ball in my hand the whole time -- work hard, try to get better with everything, so I'll be ready to play next year."

Do you still feel any pull to be back with your father?

"No, not at all. We put that behind us and we're moving on now."

What kind of role do you see for yourself next year?

"Just being aggressive, being that lift off the bench or starting - whatever happens - and just being the dominant man out there."

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