the pass,” Hagan says. “That play
was called for Ryan [Arcidiacano].
That shot’s for him to take. But he
had the humility and the under-
standing that my brother’s in a better
position, so I’m going to give it to
him. And everybody wins.”
In the locker room after the
victory, the message was essentially
the same as when North Carolina
State stunned Villanova, a heavy
favorite, in the second round of the
tournament the year before. The
word to the players in 2015 was
about a higher calling—that “we
weren’t going to let this loss define
who we are,” Hagan says.
After winning the national
championship in 2016, “the same
theme was repeated in the locker
room when we were holding the trophy,” he says. Coach Jay Wright told
the players, “let’s not let this be the
best thing that ever happens to us.
… Go out and be good role models.
Let’s take this joy and share it with
other people.” True to his position,
Hagan keeps doing just that. =
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