University of North Carolina coach Roy Williams was treated like a rock star at Miller Grove’s basketball game over the weekend.
Williams signed autographs and posed for pictures while catching glimpses of Miller Grove’s 49-46 win over Southwest DeKalb. Williams was in attendance to scout the recipient of one of North Carolina’s most recent scholarship offers — Tony Parker, the 6-foot-9, 270-pound power forward who is one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects for 2012.
“Oh yeah, everybody recognized Roy Williams as soon as he walked into the gym,” Miller Grove coach Sharman White said with a laugh.
Parker already holds more than 50 early offers, including North Carolina, Duke, Georgia Tech and UGA. Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt and UGA’s Mark Fox (they are both regulars) also sat in the stands to watch the two talent-loaded teams. Southwest Dekalb is led by 6-8 power forward Shaq Goodwin, another one of the country’s elite 2012 prospects.
How did the big guys do against each other? Parker had 12 points and 15 rebounds, while Goodwin scored 16.
“Coach Williams was real animated after the game after watching both of those guys play,” White said. “He spoke very highly of Tony, as well as our team as a whole. He said he would definitely be in contact because he wants Tony at North Carolina.”
Miller Grove’s coach admitted that his players get excited with the sighting of a celebrity coach but not as much as in the past. “This year, we’ve had a lot of big-name coaches from out of state at our games, including Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski … and I’ve been told that Ohio State’s Thad Matta is supposed to be here on Tuesday,” White said. “It’s pretty cool seeing the coaches, and it’s an honor for our program.”
How does Tony handle the attention? “You’re talking about a kid who has played all over the world [with Team USA],” White said with a laugh. “I think he’s comfortable with whomever is watching. It never seems to affect him.”