On Monday morning, Boatright did two things before his national championship game: He tweeted a picture of himself, flexing, superimposing an image of Williams and his uncle who also died recently on each of his shoulders like angel wings. "WE GOT YOU!! Victory is yours," he put on top of the picture.
Then he sent his mom a text message.
"'Be easy, smile and relax. I'm going to get you your ring,' that's what he text me," Tanesha said. "I always told him I wanted some jewelry."
"She's getting a ring, a national championship ring," Boatright said.
A year ago, the athletic department gave the Huskies a plaque. They hadn't won anything because, of course, they couldn't win anything.
"It was because of who they are. They're a special group," athletic director Warde Manuel said, "They stayed here and they stayed together."
And above all else, they believed.