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SportDudley: UNC doesn't get top recruits due to Williams' strategy

02:45  13 january  2019
02:45  13 january  2019 Source:   12up.com

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University of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams continues to make some in-home visits on a very important time for recruiting . After making a visit to see class of 2019 center Will Baker on Monday, Williams is heading to Florida to visit one of the top recruits in the class.

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After bringing Top-5 recruit ​Nassir Little to Chapel Hill, Roy Williams and ​North Carolina have failed to continue improving him as a player. Little is averaging just 9.9 points per game and has lost his starting spot. Brooklyn Nets forward Jared Dudley claims that Little's lack of development is one of the reasons some top recruits aren't going to UNC.

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UNC has eight remaining targets for the class of 2019. Where did they land in the most recent recruiting rankings? By the time he gets to UNC he’ll have missed approximately 18 months of action due to two knee surgeries. As long as he can get healthy, Francis may turn out to be the steal

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​​Does he have a point? Kind of.

UNC might be one of the more successful programs, but the best one-and-done players in the country haven't been headed to Chapel Hill of late. Most of those championship teams are unheralded recruits Williams has developed into stars. While that stands as a testament to Williams' ability to coach up players, the lack of one-and-dones going pro or superstars in the pro ranks raise call those development skills into question.

Little, for example, is a freak athlete but struggles with running an offense and some of the finer details that come with playing at the college level. The fact that Williams is not only incapable of teaching him but appears to be damaging his pro prospects isn't going unnoticed on the recruiting trail.

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Williams lured top -10 recruit Marvin Williams across the country in 2004; grabbed another, Tyler Hansbrough, from Missouri in 2005; then put together a star-studded class in 2006 that included a trio of top -10 guys -- Brandan Wright, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington.

At UNC , Williams coaches in the shadow of the late Dean Smith. Tar Heels fans and media often have called Williams ’ strategic and personnel moves into “We love each other,” said UNC All-American forward Brice Johnson. “We don’ t really care who gets the credit.” Villanova has perimeter scorers

​Little came into this season as a Top-3 pick, and is now in danger of falling out of the lottery. Fellow 5-star recruits are certainly taking that into consideration when it comes time to pick a school.

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Dudley: UNC doesn't get top recruits due to Williams' strategy

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