You’re seventeen years old. You’re the best basketball player in the nation and you can go to any school you want. Both Duke and North Carolina have come calling and Coach K and Roy Williams are throwing their best recruiting techniques at you. You decide to go through a list of pros and cons comparing the two coaches to make your decision.
Roy Williams teams have always been fast-paced offensive juggernauts. This doesn’t necessarily count in the win columns but it looks fun as hell to play. Coach K likes to suit his offense to his players so it can be dreadfully boring or extremely fun depending on the personnel. Furthermore under Coach K you’ll learn how to play defense. It might be a little boring trying to stop an opponent from scoring for thirty-five seconds. Your attention span is quite limited because you’re a kid. On the other hand Roy Williams teaches you the best techniques for cherry picking. Tyler Zeller has been very successful in this system. Once he sees the opponent shoot he is already dashing down the court for a breakaway lay-up.
Life After College:
Duke fans always hear that Coach K turns boys into men. He educates them to become responsible, productive and well-acclimated members of society. Roy Williams teaches players to win eating competitions (Sean May) or actors (Rashad McCants). Imagine you go up for a lay-up, come down awkwardly and shatter every bone in both of your legs. Besides a professional career in the national wheelchair basketball league you’re done with sports. You need to do something else with your life. I’m not going to get into a debate on whether Duke or UNC is a better school, because there is no debate, Duke is better.
Advantage Coach K.
Most likely to win a championship:
The numbers are pretty simple. Coach K has four championships and Roy Williams has two. There have been numerous years where each coach should have added another title to their long list of accomplishments but the NCAA tournament is astonishingly difficult to win. For purity’s sake lets break it down even more. Number of championships Coach K has won with players he’s recruited: four. Number of championships Roy Williams has won with players he’s recruited: one. If you’re the number one recruit and you’re getting recruited by Matt Doherty then go to that school, because Roy Williams is following close behind.
Advantage Coach K.
Will you get abandoned?
This thought must go through every recruits mind as they are deciding which university to attend. Coach K has shown strong loyalty to the Duke program although he did sit out a season due to “health problems.” Roy on the other hand demonstrated loyalty to Kansas once when UNC came calling, but he abandoned that flat and boring Midwestern state the second time UNC came around. Both coaches will likely remain at their posts till they retire so we have to look at their health issues. Coach K has seemed spry and nimble for the past few years and has eerily resembled Dick Clark in that he doesn’t seem to age. Roy Williams has approached aging with Bob Barker grace and has decided to mimic his two favorite types of people: guidos and oompa-loompas. Roy Williams almost fainted on court after performing a squat and yelling at his players. This one is pretty easy.
Advantage Coach K
Are you a Point Guard/Shooting Guard/Small Forward?
Are you a Power Forward/Center?
Who will give me more NBA success?
This question is debated over and over and over again by Duke and UNC fans. I’m only going to address players who fall under the head coaching careers of these two. When I look at notable players lists I don’t really see a viable argument in favor of Roy Williams. His best player is undoubtedly Paul Pierce and after that you have Kirk Hinrich? Scot Pollard? Raef Lafrentz? None of the UNC players he’s coached have done anything notable in the NBA. Sean May ate himself out of the league (with Raymond Felton trying really hard to follow this act). Tyler Hansbrough or Ty Lawson will probably be the most successful of the current NBA players. Coach K has numerous players who have made strong impacts: Elton Brand, Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Shane Battier and Grant Hill are the most impressive. Bobby Hurley and Jason Williams had potentially great careers derailed by injuries.
Advantage Coach K
I think it’s pretty obvious who you should choose in this situation, but for all the UNC faithful I’ll express it in terms you will hopefully understand. Roy Williams: 2. Coach K: 5. Five is bigger than two. Coach K wins.
Disclaimer: I know both schools are fine institutions but I’m just talking shit for the sake of the rivalry.