There is no standard procedure for how the NCAA handles a scandal. The academic infractions that hang over UNC to this day are the greatest proof of that. Four years later, little has changed about the allegations or the timeline for a potential punishment. None of the three could have known that at the time.
Instead, sticking with the Tar Heels required a leap of faith. When Roy Williams told his three prized recruits everything was going to be OK, they believed him.
“I trusted coach with everything I had,” Pinson said on Sunday. “He told me nothing was going to happen. I didn’t want to go back on my word. This is where I wanted to be.”
Pinson was reflecting back on his journey with the Tar Heels a day before he plays in his second straight national championship game. His junior class has been the backbone of consecutive Final Four trips. On Monday, Pinson, Jackson and Berry will have the chance to cement their legacies forever against Gonzaga.
It’s no secret that North Carolina isn’t recruiting like it used to. From 2015-17, only one McDonald’s All-American has picked the Tar Heels. It might have North Carolina fans worried about the future, but the present remains as good as ever.
That’s because the Heels’ last great recruiting class continues to keep them on top of the college basketball world.
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