Honored North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball players
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.
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. 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. and Barnes qualified by also being named second team All-American.
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.
- Players whose numbers are retired are shown with a blue background
|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||First-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|
- "Tar Heel Basketball Glossary". University of North Carolina Athletic Department. October 6, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Pickeral, Robbi (March 6, 2012). "Zeller 'stretch'es to the Smith Center rafters". North Carolina Basketball Blog (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- Pickeral, Robbi (March 20, 2012). "Barnes qualifies to join Zeller in rafters". North Carolina Basketball Blog (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2012-03-20.
- "Hansbrough Wins Wooden Award, Sweeping Major Individual Honors" (Press release). University of North Carolina Athletic Department. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- "SMITH CENTER JERSEYS". Carolina Basketball Media Guide. University of North Carolina Athletic Department. 2009. pp. 126–135. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- Article on retired jerseys