LOOK: Roy Williams Attends Day'Ron Sharpe's NBA Draft Party


In a sharp blue suit, white button-down, no tie, and two silver chains around his neck, North Carolina big man Day'Ron Sharpe was selected by the Brooklyn Nets at No. 29 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft. The Nets received the draft pick from the Phoenix Suns.

A 6-foot-11 power forward, Sharpe earned All-ACC Freshman team honors for the Tar Heels in 2020-21 after averaging 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He shot 51.9% from the floor, tied for the team lead with 26 blocks and was arguably the team’s best passer in dishing out 42 assists.

A one-and-done player, Sharpe left North Carolina after the 2020-21 season and now has the designation as former UNC head coach Roy Williams's last NBA Draft pick. And on Thursday night Williams was there to celebrate with his former freshman big man. The Hall of Fame coach was in Greenville, N.C. for the draft party when Sharpe heard his name called in front of friends and family.

Sharpe is the 34th first-round draft pick to be coached by Williams and the 54th first-round NBA Draft pick in North Carolina history. The NBA sliding rookie salary scale puts Sharpe's projected contract value at $10.3 million over four years, with team options in the final two years. 

Check out pictures and video from Coach Williams and Sharpe on Thursday night:

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— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) July 30, 2021

Coach Williams speaks at the party:

Roy Williams at his first NBA draft party as a retired coach, tells UNC forward Day’Ron Sharpe he has Hall of Fame expectations pic.twitter.com/WPs9K0oS0N

— C.L. Brown (@clbrownhoops) July 30, 2021

Sharp hears his name called and celebrates:

After shedding a few tears, Day’Ron Sharpe starts the celebration pic.twitter.com/Kp4MOAO6LT

— C.L. Brown (@clbrownhoops) July 30, 2021

The Greenville, N.C. native played at 265 pounds as a college freshman but has reportedly lost 25 pounds in the lead-up to the NBA Draft. His raw offensive skillset and lack of perimeter shooting capabilities led to late first-round projections. 

The McDonald’s All-American led the country in offensive rebound percentage (.183) and the ACC in offensive rebounds per game (3.4). In ACC games, Sharpe led the conference in offensive rebounding percentage (.20) and ranked third in defensive rebounding percentage (24.7). He finished the season with the highest offensive rebounds per 40 minutes average in school history (7.0), improving upon Kennedy Meeks’s 6.25 mark in 2016-17.

Sharpe posted seven double-doubles and led the team with six defensive player of the game awards. He scored a career-high 25 points against Notre Dame on Jan. 2 and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds three days later at Miami.

He is the 118th Tar Heel to be selected in the NBA Draft. UNC ranks third all-time in number of players drafting, trailing only Kentucky (135) and UCLA (124).