Roy Williams sits with his grandson, Aiden Williams, before a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Dean Smith Center on February 11, 2012. North Carolina won 70-52.
No, not his grandson.
Roy Williams was one of several coaches including Kentucky's John Calipari and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski to have an in-home visit with 2013 top prospect Julius Randle. According to USA Today, the Tar Heel head coach added a new twist to his recruiting pitch.
During his presentation Tuesday night, Williams opened a case of 30 rings -- everything from conference titles to Final Four berths to national titles -- that he'd collected over the years.
"When coach Williams opened the case you almost couldn't look directly in it for fear of going blind," Randle joked. "It was crazy."
Added Kyles: "Yeah, coach Williams was ready for coach Cal with those rings. He got him there."
Once he'd achieved the wide-eyed reaction he hoped for, Williams added the exclamation point, reaching into his pocket and pulling out Michael Jordan's 1992 NBA championship ring he won with the Chicago Bulls.
"He said Jordan gave it to him to show his players what they could achieve with hard work and determination," Randle said. "I was just shocked. I couldn't believe I was holding Jordan's ring."
Pretty interesting move. When recruits go on official visits to UNC, the banners in the Dean Dome make the same impact as seeing 30 championship rings. Obviously including one of Michael Jordan's NBA championship ring is a crafty play since using Jordan himself in any capacity is against the rules.
Of course, as clever as this move is, I seriously doubt it sways Randle one way or the other. Recruits always gush about coaches after official visits and in-home meetings. While this is one of the more unusual moves you might see a coach make, in the end these decisions get made based on a variety of factors well beyond a coaches championship pedigree.
And no, there is no truth to the rumor that Krzyzewski told Randle he could get rings on a defaulted 15-day credit line and keep them for two years.