Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Roy Williams Says Kentucky is Deepest, Most Talented Team He’s Seen in 27 Years
With his team set to face No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday, North Carolina coach Roy Williams had some strong comments about the Wildcats.
“I know they are really big, really deep, really gifted, and really talented,” Williams said Friday. “…In 27 years as a head coach I haven’t seen a team this deep and talented.”
Even without injured forward Alex Poythress, Kentucky still boasts a huge front line featuring 7-footers Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson, 6-11 Karl Anthony-Towns and 6-10 Trey Lyles, among others.
Kentucky leads Division 1 with 86 blocked shots and has swatted 25.9 percent of opponents’ field goal attempts, according to Kenpom.com.
“You can’t be intimidated,” Williams said. “If you’re going to go, you’ve got to go hard. I’ve always said the softer that you go against a shot blocker, the more effective he becomes… My general rule is one pump fake and right at their face. If you go right at their face, it’s more difficult for a shot blocker.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.