Williamson, Hunter Return Home to Play UNC

November 19, 2003
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 19, 2003

Freshman guard Drew Williamson holds no grudges against head coach Roy Williams and the no. 9 North Carolina Tarheels. Williamson, who was recruited by Chapel Hill, makes no excuses about the events that led him to Old Dominion.

"I don't have anything to prove," Williamson said about playing at Chapel Hill this Saturday. "The only thing I want is for the team to come out on top."

"It was my decision to come to Old Dominion, and I made the right decision," he continued. "I felt more comfortable coming to ODU. I still had the opportunity to go to UNC, but my family and I thought it was best for me to come here."

Williamson, who was named the 2003 North Carolina Athlete of the Year at Cummings High School in Burlington, was one of Old Dominion's highly regarded recruits that have been heralded as the best recruiting class in Colonial Athletic Association history.

Williamson, a two-sport athlete, led Cummings to two state basketball championships and one state football championship during his four-year high school career. His 9,736 career passing yards ranks third all-time in North Carolina State High School history.

"When I look at college football games on Saturdays, I think to myself 'I used to do that,'" Williamson said while reminiscing about his football days. "If I had a chance to watch high school football, I might miss it a little more. But basketball is where my heart is."

Williamson and sophomore guard Isaiah Hunter, a Charlotte, NC native, look forward to returning home to play in front of their hometown family and friends-some who are die-hard Carolina fans.

"My family is going to root for me," Hunter said. "I have some friends who are UNC fans and want them to win, but they still want me do good."

Williamson also admits that some of his friends will betray their loyalty to North Carolina for Saturday's game.

"A lot of my friends want to see us win, even though they're UNC fans," he said.