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David J. Phillip, AP
North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, center, celebrates with his team after the championship game against Gonzaga at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina 71-65. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The New York Post featured University of North Carolina basketball player Stilman White earlier this week in advance of the national championship game that was played Monday night. The Tar Heels took home the national title and White never entered the game but the senior guard explained to the Post that he was just grateful to have a spot on the team.

White explained that his intention to serve a mission was a "big hurdle" in his recruitment out of high school but UNC head coach Roy Williams was always supportive. Still, upon returning from his mission to Ogden, Utah, White was unsure if there would be a spot for him on North Carolina's roster.

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"I'd been gone for so long, I honestly wasn't quite sure what would happen," White told the Post. "I hear about other schools, kids go on their mission, they come back and they have to go elsewhere. I had a meeting with (Williams), and I didn't know what he was going to say, but when he said he wanted me back on the team, I was ecstatic."

Williams said the decision was easy.

"You know, it was an easy deal to save a spot for him because I would want that done for me," Williams said. "Basically I'm corny, I want people to treat me like I've tried to treat people. I want to have those things done."

Read more about White's appearance in the 2012 Sweet 16 and how he said his mission changed him here.