ICTV: Kenny Williams at Media Day
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Senior guard Kenny Williams shares his thoughts on the season to come with reporters on media day. How does it feel to be the senior guy on the team? You are the guy that everybody looks up to now. It's weird-I feel like I just got here and put this jersey on for the first time. I feel like it happened two weeks ago. It feels weird, but I'm ready for it. I feel like the guys that were here before me, the guys that I looked up to prepared me for this moment. Your coming out moment was in the ACC when you played that eight-minute stretch against Brogdin, I believe. I remember talking to you afterward and you had this look like, "I'm really here doing this." Can you go back to that moment and translate the experience you have had since then? I've had so many more experiences where I'm like, "I'm playing at North Carolina" since then. Sometimes I still can't wrap my head around it. Just to be able to be here and put this jersey on and play at this university, for this school, has been big, but going back and looking back-honestly, this whole thing has been a blur. I can't tell you what I was feeling and what was going through my head at that moment. So much has happened since then.
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ICTV: Sterling Manley at Media Day
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sophomore post player Sterling Manley shares his thoughts on the season to come with reporters on media day. Was there any moment when you said, "Man, this is going to be different this year?" Just like working out in the summer? Just working out with the guys. Like my conditioning test, I can push through certain things that I haven't been able to push through before. I was like, "Dang, we're going to be special, it's starting to come along. As a freshman you get tired, and you can't go longer; as a sophomore you realize that you get tired but you still have a little bit left. You know you are going to have the same conditioning. You know we are going to run the same plays. So you know how to push through or coast it out or whatever you want to say. So just learning those things, and this game starts to become slower. Little things are coming to me, and I'm like, "Yeah, this is going to be a special season." There is an opening for the big man spot, whether you go two big or not. What do you think about that and what you can do with Garrison (Brooks) or Nassir (Little)? What is going on there for that big man spot? We are just competing every day at practice. All we have to do is audition for Coach (Williams) every day. When we have practice in 30 minutes it is another audition to show Coach what I can do and just have him trust me more. We are just competing and showing Coach what we can do so when it comes to that game time when that lineup is called you hope your name is in it.