It was fun to make that pact. I knew it probably wouldn't last, and I can't fault those guys. Those guys are in a situation where they can make a living for their families, and they went out on top. They went out as national champions. You can't get much better than that.
"David Anthony Noel III" is an American professional basketball player who plays for Orléans Loiret Basket of the French LNB Pro A. A graduate of Southern High School (North Carolina)/Southern High School in Durham, North Carolina and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/University of North Carolina, Noel was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft with their lone pick, 39th overall.
Noel averaged 2.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game during his sole season with the Bucks. On January 20, 2008, David Noel joined the Tulsa 66ers of the NBDL. On November 7, 2008, he was selected with the 14th pick in the first round of the 2008 NBA Development League/NBA D-League Draft by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds.
On March 2, 2009, Noel was traded to the Reno Bighorns for Antonio Meeking.
Later that year, David Noel was chosen by the Barangay Ginebra Kings team of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to be their import.
David Noel played with the French team Chorale Roanne Basket during the 2009-10 season.
He then played two seasons with Paris-Levallois Basket, the second alongside former North Carolina teammate Jawad Williams. On September 25, 2012, BCM Gravelines announced that they had signed Noel. He left them in February 2013.More David Noel on Wikipedia.
I told them in the same words Coach Rob used: no half-stepping. This is a tournament that if you lose, you go home. And that's something that we really don't want to happen right now. This is a very special season for us, especially me and Byron (Sanders) as seniors. We're definitely not ready for it to end.
We're not ready to hang it up yet. I think we have six more games left in us.
It was fun. I guess they had a good time with it.
I wouldn't even call it a title defense. Nobody can take the title away. I just look at it as a new journey by a new team, and hopefully we can get the same results we got last year.
We're definitely capable of going on a six-game winning streak -- we just did it. We just have to go back and go to work.
I can't say that it's going to be a repeat of last year or anything like that, but we definitely have the capabilities of going back to the national championship game and even winning it. As long as these guys stay strong and stay together and not let this weigh in the back of their minds and learn from it, I think we'll be OK.
We're in Ohio. That's where we have to play. So that's where we're going to play.
I'm just going to tell the guys that it's put-up or shut-up now.