Jordan in 2014
Smith c. 1973
Jordan in 1992
Dean Smith (right) during the UNC v. North Carolina State game in 1964.
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Michael Jordan and Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007 game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams.
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Smith at a North Carolina game in 2007
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Bust of Dean Smith at the Dean Smith Center.
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Smith (right) during the UNC v. North Carolina State game in 1964
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

Jordan played college basketball for three seasons under coach Dean Smith with the North Carolina Tar Heels.

- Michael Jordan

Smith's first national championship occurred with his 1981–82 team, which was composed of future NBA players such as Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins.

- Dean Smith
Jordan in 2014

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North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball

College basketball team of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

College basketball team of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Coach Nathaniel Cartmell and the 1910–11 men's basketball team
Cartwright Carmichael
The Tar Heels' Lennie Rosenbluth cuts down the nets after winning the 1957 title.
Larry Miller led UNC to Final Four appearances in 1967 and 1968.
Michael Jordan in action v the Villanova Wildcats, February 1982
Tyler Hansbrough became the ACC's all-time leading scorer in 2009
Joel Berry II scored 20+ points in consecutive national title games in 2016 and 2017.
North Carolina hosts Florida State in an ACC Men's Basketball conference game on February 23, 2019
The jerseys in the rafters
Lennie Rosenbluth
Harrison Barnes played for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.
Bynum Gymnasium, the first home of the team

The program has produced many notable players who went on to play in the NBA, including four of ESPN's top 74 players of all-time: Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Vince Carter, and Bob McAdoo (tied for most with UCLA and Georgetown).

As a replacement, Aycock selected one of McGuire's assistants, Kansas alumnus Dean Smith.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Public research university in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Statue of Confederate soldier Silent Sam. The statue was toppled by a crowd in 2018, and the plinth (pedestal) was ordered removed by Chancellor Carol Folt in the same letter in which she resigned. As of October 2020 it is in storage.
Panoramic image of the main quad
Franklin Street forms the northern border of main campus and contains many popular restaurants and shops. In addition, it serves as a focal point for cultural events including Halloween festivities and major basketball victory rallies.
The Morehead Planetarium, designed by Eggers & Higgins, first opened in 1949.
A representation of the university seal, located in front of South Building and dedicated by the class of 1989.
Students walk past the Old Well, a symbol of UNC-Chapel Hill for years
The Morehead–Patterson Bell Tower was completed in 1931 and stands 172 feet tall.
South Building, administrative offices of the chancellor and College of Arts and Sciences
Students walking through campus between classes
The Davis Library
Louis Round Wilson Library opened in 1929 and serves as the special collections library.
The NCC is the largest collection of printed materials related to a single state.
Graham Memorial is adjacent to Franklin Street and houses the Office for Undergraduate Research and the Honors Study Abroad program.
Water tower featuring the official UNC athletics logo
Rameses at the 1957 Victory Bell football game
Celebration on Franklin Street after victory over Duke
The 2007 commencement ceremony in Kenan Memorial Stadium
The Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies of UNC were founded in 1795 and have debates each week in the New West building.
The Forest Theatre was first used for outdoor drama in 1916 to celebrate the tercentenary of Shakespeare's death.
Undergraduates on campus at UNC-Chapel Hill
At the end of each semester, students organize a flash mob dance party in the library.
Lenoir Hall
Old East Residence Hall, built in 1793
James K. Polk was President of the United States from 1845 to 1849.
Thomas Wolfe remains one of the most important writers in modern American literature, authoring works such as Look Homeward, Angel and Of Time and the River.
Andy Griffith was an active member of Chapel Hill's arts community while attending UNC, later starring in productions such as A Face in the Crowd and The Andy Griffith Show.
Michael Jordan (left) played basketball under Dean Smith (right) while attending the University of North Carolina. Jordan helped the Tar Heels win the 1982 NCAA Championship with a game-winning jump shot.

Consensus collegiate national athletes of the year from North Carolina include Rachel Dawson in field hockey; Phil Ford, Tyler Hansbrough, Antawn Jamison, Vince Carter, James Worthy and Michael Jordan in men's basketball; and Mia Hamm (twice), Shannon Higgins, Kristine Lilly, and Tisha Venturini in women's soccer.

Basketball coach Dean Smith was widely known for his idea of "The Carolina Way", in which he challenged his players to, "Play hard, play smart, play together."

Carter in 2013

Vince Carter

American former professional basketball player and current basketball analyst for ESPN.

American former professional basketball player and current basketball analyst for ESPN.

Carter in 2013
Carter with the Raptors in November 2000
Carter talks with a referee during a game with the Nets, January 2006
Carter with the Magic performs a layup against the Raptors, November 2009
Carter with the Mavericks in October 2012
Carter with the Sacramento Kings in 2018

He played three seasons of college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels under Dean Smith and later Bill Guthridge.

In February 2003, Carter gave up his starting spot in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game to Michael Jordan to allow Jordan to make his final start as an All-Star.

Stackhouse in 2020

Jerry Stackhouse

American basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores men's team.

American basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores men's team.

Stackhouse in 2020
Stackhouse with the Mavericks in 2008
Stackhouse hosting a basketball event in the Philippines in 2007

There were some who considered Stackhouse the top prep player to come out of North Carolina since Michael Jordan.

While playing for Tar Heels, he was coached by Dean Smith.

Knight watches Texas Tech practice in November 2007

Bob Knight

American former basketball coach.

American former basketball coach.

Knight watches Texas Tech practice in November 2007
Knight with young fans at Frank Truitt's house in Columbus, summer of 1988
Bob Knight in 2008
Army point-guard Mike Krzyzewski and Coach Knight, circa 1968
Knight with his son Pat while coaching at Texas Tech.

Players on the team included Michael Jordan and Knight's Indiana player and protégé Steve Alford.

Knight achieved his 880th career win on January 1, 2007 and passed retired North Carolina coach Dean Smith for most career victories, a title he held until his win total was surpassed by Krzyzewski on November 15, 2011, by Jim Boeheim on December 30, 2012, and by Roy Williams on March 11, 2021.

Russell in 2011

Bill Russell

American former professional basketball player who played as a center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969.

American former professional basketball player who played as a center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1956 to 1969.

Russell in 2011
Russell practicing a free throw at USF, c. 1953–56
Russell is all-smiles during his two national championship seasons at USF.
Russell, c. 1960
Russell and coach Red Auerbach with his trademark victory Blackstone cigar after winning the 1966 NBA championship
Russell in 2005
Former President Bill Clinton and Russell at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in 2014
A bronze statue of Russell in Boston, 2013
Russell defending against Chamberlain in 1966
Russell with coach Red Auerbach in his rookie season, as they are seated on the sidelines. Auerbach refused to have a color barrier for the Celtics. Following his retirement in 1966, he handed off coaching duties to Russell as a player-coach.

He was one of five, along with John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Dean Smith, and James Naismith, selected to represent the inaugural class.

In his career, Russell won five NBA MVP awards (1959, 1961–63, 1965), which is tied with Michael Jordan for second all-time behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's six awards, and is at No. 6 for most regular season MVP–NBA Finals MVP awards, despite the latter being assigned only since 1969.

Virginia Cavaliers men's basketball

Intercollegiate men's basketball program representing the University of Virginia.

Intercollegiate men's basketball program representing the University of Virginia.

Terry Holland won UVA's first ACC Tournament championship, and led UVA to its first two NCAA Final Fours.
Kyle Guy converted all three free throws with less than a second left in the Final Four game against Auburn; UVA won by one point.
De'Andre Hunter shut down Jarrett Culver and scored a career-high 27 points in the National Championship Game; he soon was the No. 4 pick of the 2019 NBA draft.
Darion Atkins with the Cavaliers in November 2014
London Perrantes
Memorial Gym, UVA's home court from 1924 until 1965
University Hall, UVA's home court from 1965 until 2006
Ralph Sampson, Virginia's most decorated player
Malcolm Brogdon, the most recent Cavalier to have his number retired, went on to win the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

Virginia would attain its first AP Top 5 rankings and go to its first Final Four in Sampson's era, but would be stonewalled by Dean Smith and North Carolina both in that Final Four and in ACC Tournaments.

Carolina notoriously held the ball in a four corners offense for most of the last seven minutes of the game, despite having UNC's most celebrated NBA superstars Michael Jordan and James Worthy on the floor, to defeat Virginia in the 1982 ACC Tournament 47–45.