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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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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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Some North Carolina Tar Heels basketball fans still upset that Roy Williams hasn’ t been able to lure the top recruits to Chapel Hill. Spartanburg Day senior Zion Williamson picks the Duke Blue Devils giving Coach K the top three high school recruits in 2018.

​​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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If UNC doesn ’ t add anyone else to that list, it has already been a very successful year on the recruiting trail. Rated as a consensus top -5 recruit and a McDonald’s All-American, a commitment from Williamson would be an emphatic conclusion to this year’s recruiting cycle.

​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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