CHAPEL HILL, N.C., March 1 (UPI) -- Molding men is more than just a bullet on a résumé for a college basketball coach.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams showed that Monday, as he fought back tears, listening to star Marcus Paige thank him on senior night.
"The one thing you did is you always believed in me," Paige said in his speech. "You always told me 'I believe in you son. You're going to make shots, you're gonna do fine, you're gonna be a great player.' You just believed in me, and I can't thank you enough for that because that allowed me to be a confident person myself and allowed me to grow as a person.... I'm a ten-times better man than I was when I got here."
After Williams wiped away tears near the bench, he took the microphone himself to talk about his impressive players.
"Marcus said he was emotional and I'm a wreck," Williams said.
"The last three, four years around here has been really difficult because of all of the stuff," Williams said. "All the junk. And every day, I've had an outlet that's been great. Because I come out here, and I've got to each these guys, and they have been the most phenomenal group of young men."
'This may be my favorite team of all time' - Coach Williams speaks with Smith Center crowd at end of senior night https://t.co/sOh7Ydf3dE— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) March 1, 2016
Paige is averaging 12.1 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.3 rebounds per game this season. He is ranked No. 70 on the list of top 100 prospects, prepared by Draft Express.