Sunday, February 19, 2012

Shammond Williams Lends Advice To Kendall Marshall

After the heartbreaking loss earlier this month to Duke, the Tar Heels have responded with three straight wins.  In that loss Carolina blew a 10 point lead with under 3 minutes to play.  It could come back to be a hard lesson learned as after the game former UNC point guard Shammond Williams had a chance to speak with a few players including current point guard Kendall Marshall.  Williams asked if anyone had ever told them how to slow a game with a lead at the end of a game.  Williams said he didn't learn this until the end of his sophomore season and that it was not uncommon for players of Marshall's caliber to be unaware how to run the shot clock down.  Usually players like Williams
and Marshall are not use to having to manage the clock in high school due to the fact that their team is usually far superior than the opponent and are usually not in a situation where the opponent could comeback.  

Williams, who was in Chapel Hill from 1994-1998, recently retired from professional basketball.  Now with that chapter in his life closed, he wants to pursue a coaching career.  Williams has a head start as he played under the legendary coach Dean Smith and played point guard, a position usually considered an on the court coach.  Since retiring from basketball Williams has moved back to Chapel Hill and often drops in on practice and learns by watching Roy Williams and his coaching staff.  You might also catch him sitting behind the Carolina bench supporting his Tar Heel family and giving advice when it is needed.  Shammond's drive and determination would be a good fit on any coaching staff.

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