Honored North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball players
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill men's basketball program honors fifty-one former players by hanging their jerseys in the rafters of the Dean E. Smith Center, the home to the men's basketball team on the university's campus. Of these, eight are both honored and retired. However, only seven jersey numbers are retired, as honoree Jack Cobb played before jersey numbers were the norm, meaning he had no number to retire. Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige are the most recent players to be honored, following the 2015-16 season. Johnson qualified that season when the United States Basketball Writers Association named him a first-team All-American. Paige qualified in the 2013-2014 season when he was named second-team All-American by Sporting News.
North Carolina requires that players must be recognized for excellence for their performance during the regular season, in post-season play, or in the Olympics. Specifically, a player's jersey qualifies for honoring if he receives one or more of the following five awards: first- or second-team All-America on one of the major All-American teams that qualify a player for a consensus All-American designation, an ACC Player of the Year, the Most Valuable Player of a National Championship-winning team (as voted by coaches and teammates), the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player of a Final Four team, or a gold medal in basketball at the Olympics.
To qualify for the additional honor of having his jersey retired, a player must win one or more of the following seven national player of the year awards: Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Sporting News, John R. Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Naismith College Player of the Year, or the (now defunct) Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year. The most recent player to receive one of these awards 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||Second-team All-America|
|52||James Worthy||1979-82||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, Olympic gold medal|
|5||Marcus Paige||2012-16||Second-team All-America|
|11||Brice Johnson||2012-16||First-team All-America|
- "Johnson Earns First-Team All-America Honors". GoHeels.com. March 14, 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
- Carter, Andrew (March 14, 2016). "Brice Johnson's number 11 headed for Smith Center rafters". News & Observer. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
- Carter, Andrew (March 11, 2014). "UNC guard Marcus Paige named second-team All-American, will have jersey honored". News & Observer. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
- "North Carolina Tar Heel Basketball 2016-17 Media Guide, p. 100" (PDF). GoHeels.com. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
- "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" (PDF). Carolina Basketball Media Guide. University of North Carolina Athletic Department. 2009. pp. 126–135. Retrieved 2009-10-08.