Sunday, May 10, 2009

Another happy day for UNC seniors

A little more than a month ago, the North Carolina Tar Heels and head coach Roy Williams were photographed countless times immediately after winning the NCAA championship with an 89-72 defeat of Michigan State in the tournament final.

Here's another photograph, sent today by UNC Sports Information Director Steve Kirschner, that will likely bring as much pride to these young men, their families and Coach Williams. It's the seven UNC seniors at Sunday's commencement ceremony in Kenan Stadium, along with teammate Marcus Ginyard, who was part of the signing class but opted for a medical redshirt fifth-year season.

This class won a school-record 124 games and lost just 21 times. They won three Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles, two ACC tournament titles and two NCAA regional championships.

The 2008-09 Tar Heels also won the Academic Progress Rate bracket compiled at the start of the NCAA tournament.

"We said they would have a chance to be successful on the court and have a chance to earn a degree from a great school," said Williams in the release. "We told them both of those come with hard work and dedication. I am so proud of what this class has accomplished in basketball and in the classroom. They have set a high standard for future Tar Heels and have been outstanding role models for student-athletes at all levels."

PHOTO CAPTION: University of North Carolina men's basketball seniors at 2009 Commencement at Kenan Stadium. (l-r) J.B. Tanner, Patrick Moody, Jack Wooten, Mike Copeland, Chancellor Holden Thorp, Tyler Hansbrough, head coach Roy Williams, Bobby Frasor, Danny Green and Marcus Ginyard (photo by Jeffrey Camarati)

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