Honored North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball players

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Retired and honored jerseys hanging from the rafters at Dean E. Smith Center

Forty-seven former North Carolina men's basketball players are honored in the Dean E. Smith Center with banners representing their numbers hung from the rafters. Of the 49 honored jerseys, eight are retired and cannot be worn by a future North Carolina basketball player.

Criteria[edit]

Tyler Hansbrough walking back to the players' tunnel after his jersey retirement ceremony on February 10, 2010.

To be honored, a player must be: the Most Valuable Player of a National Championship-winning team, an ACC Player of the Year, a first- or second-team All-America, an NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player or a member of a gold medal-winning Olympic team.[1] Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes became the most recent players to qualify to have their jerseys honored after the 2011–12 season. Zeller qualified by winning the 2012 ACC Player of the Year award and being named second team All-American.[2] and Barnes qualified by also being named second team All-American.[3] Marcus Paige has qualified to be honored when his North Carolina career ends by being named second team All-American in 2014.[4]

To have a jersey retired, a player must win one of the following six national player of the year awards: Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Sporting News, John R. Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy or Naismith College Player of the Year. Eight players (including Jack Cobb, whose jersey did not have a number) have had their jerseys retired. The most recent player to have his number retired is Tyler Hansbrough, who qualified by winning all six of the required national player of the year awards in the 2007–08 season.[5]

Honored players[edit]

  • Players whose numbers are retired are shown with a blue background
No. Name Years Criteria met
NC Cartwright Carmichael 1921-24 First-team All-America
NC Jack Cobb 1923-26 National Player of the Year
20 George Glamack 1938-41 National Player of the Year, First-team All-America
8 Jim Jordan 1944-46 Second-team All-America
13 Hook Dillon 1945-48 First-team All-America
10 Lennie Rosenbluth 1954-57 National Player of the Year, First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year
35 Pete Brennan 1955-58 First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year
40 Tommy Kearns 1955-58 Second-team All-America
12 Lee Shaffer 1957-60 First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year
22 York Larese 1958-61 Second-team All-America
35 Doug Moe 1958-61 First-team All-America
11 Larry Brown 1960-63 Olympic gold medal
32 Billy Cunningham 1962-65 First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year
22 Bob Lewis 1964-67 First-team All-America
44 Larry Miller 1965-68 First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year
33 Charlie Scott 1967-70 Olympic gold medal, First-team All-America
31 Bill Chamberlain 1969-72 Second-team All-America
44 Dennis Wuycik 1969-72 First-team All-America
35 Bob McAdoo 1971-72 First-team All-America
34 Bobby Jones 1971-74 First-team All-America
21 Mitch Kupchak 1972-76 First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, Olympic gold medal
24 Walter Davis 1973-77 Olympic gold medal
45 Tommy LaGarde 1973-77 Olympic gold medal, Second-team All-America
12 Phil Ford 1974-78 National Player of the Year, First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, Olympic gold medal
31 Mike O'Koren 1976-80 First-team All-America
30 Al Wood 1977-81 Second-team All-America
52 James Worthy 1979-82 National Player of the Year, First Team All-America, MVP of NCAA champions, NCAA Tournament MOP
41 Sam Perkins 1980-84 Olympic gold medal, First-team All-America
23 Michael Jordan 1981-84 National Player of the Year, First Team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, Olympic gold medal
42 Brad Daugherty 1982-86 First-team All-America
30 Kenny Smith 1983-87 First-team All-America
34 J.R. Reid 1986-89 First-team All-America
34 George Lynch 1989-93 MVP of NCAA Champions
00 Eric Montross 1990-94 Second-team All-America
21 Donald Williams 1991-95 NCAA Tournament MOP
42 Jerry Stackhouse 1993-95 First-team All-America
30 Rasheed Wallace 1993-95 Second-team All-America
15 Vince Carter 1995-98 Second-team All-America, Olympic gold medal
33 Antawn Jamison 1995-98 National Player of the Year, First Team All-America, ACC Player of the Year
00 Brendan Haywood 1997–2001 Second-team All-America
40 Joseph Forte 1999–2001 First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year
2 Raymond Felton 2002-05 MVP of NCAA Champions
42 Sean May 2002-05 First-team All-America, MVP of NCAA Champions, NCAA Tournament MOP
32 Rashad McCants 2002-05 Second-team All-America
50 Tyler Hansbrough 2005-09 National Player of the Year, First Team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, MVP of NCAA Champions
5 Ty Lawson 2006-09 Second-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, MVP of NCAA Champions
22 Wayne Ellington 2006-09 NCAA Tournament MOP
44 Tyler Zeller 2008-12 Second-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year
40 Harrison Barnes 2010-12 Second-team All-America

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tar Heel Basketball Glossary". University of North Carolina Athletic Department. October 6, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-16. 
  2. ^ Pickeral, Robbi (March 6, 2012). "Zeller 'stretch'es to the Smith Center rafters". North Carolina Basketball Blog (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  3. ^ Pickeral, Robbi (March 20, 2012). "Barnes qualifies to join Zeller in rafters". North Carolina Basketball Blog (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  4. ^ Carter, Andrew (March 11, 2014). "UNC guard Marcus Paige named second-team All-American, will have jersey honored". News & Observer. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Hansbrough Wins Wooden Award, Sweeping Major Individual Honors" (Press release). University of North Carolina Athletic Department. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 

External links[edit]

  • "SMITH CENTER JERSEYS". Carolina Basketball Media Guide. University of North Carolina Athletic Department. 2009. pp. 126–135. Retrieved 2009-10-08.