Jordan in 2014
Jordan in 1992
Coach Nathaniel Cartmell and the 1910–11 men's basketball team
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Cartwright Carmichael
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
The Tar Heels' Lennie Rosenbluth cuts down the nets after winning the 1957 title.
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Larry Miller led UNC to Final Four appearances in 1967 and 1968.
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Michael Jordan in action v the Villanova Wildcats, February 1982
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Tyler Hansbrough became the ACC's all-time leading scorer in 2009
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
Joel Berry II scored 20+ points in consecutive national title games in 2016 and 2017.
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
North Carolina hosts Florida State in an ACC Men's Basketball conference game on February 23, 2019
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
The jerseys in the rafters
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Lennie Rosenbluth
Jordan in 2008
Harrison Barnes played for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.
Bynum Gymnasium, the first home of the team

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

- Michael Jordan

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).

- North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
Jordan in 2014

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Smith c. 1973

Dean Smith

American men's college basketball head coach.

American men's college basketball head coach.

Smith c. 1973
Dean Smith (right) during the UNC v. North Carolina State game in 1964.
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.
Smith at a North Carolina game in 2007
Bust of Dean Smith at the Dean Smith Center.
Smith (right) during the UNC v. North Carolina State game in 1964

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.

Phil Ford, former assistant coach of the Charlotte Bobcats and UNC

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.

Competing athletically as the Tar Heels, UNC has achieved great success in sports, most notably in men's basketball, women's soccer, and women's field hockey.

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.

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

A high school McDonald's All-American, Carter played college basketball for three years with the North Carolina Tar Heels and twice advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.

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.

Worthy in 2007

James Worthy

American sports commentator, television host, analyst, and former professional basketball player.

American sports commentator, television host, analyst, and former professional basketball player.

Worthy in 2007

A standout college basketball player for the North Carolina Tar Heels, the small forward was a consensus first-team All-American and shared national player of the year honors en route to leading his team to the 1982 NCAA championship.

As a junior power forward Worthy was the leading scorer (15.6 points per game) of a Tar Heels NCAA championship team that featured one of the greatest collections of talent in collegiate basketball history, including future NBA stars sophomore Sam Perkins and freshman Michael Jordan.

Perkins in 2016

Sam Perkins

American former professional basketball player and executive.

American former professional basketball player and executive.

Perkins in 2016

Perkins was a three-time college All-American, was a member of the 1982 national champion North Carolina Tar Heels, and won a gold medal with the 1984 United States men's Olympic basketball team.

He was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1981 and starred alongside future NBA Hall of Famers James Worthy and Michael Jordan on the Tar Heels' 1982 NCAA championship team.

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

Stackhouse played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

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

Charlotte Hornets

American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Season tickets for the Hornets' inaugural season.
The Bobcats versus the Dallas Mavericks on November 11, 2005.
Michael Jordan acquired the Bobcats in 2010.
The Bobcats selected Kemba Walker as the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft
The original Hugo in New Orleans

The Charlotte Hornets are mainly owned by Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, who acquired a controlling interest in the team in 2010.

In the 2005 NBA draft, the Bobcats drafted Raymond Felton and Sean May from North Carolina.

Chamberlain with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1959

Wilt Chamberlain

American professional basketball player who played as a center.

American professional basketball player who played as a center.

Chamberlain with the Harlem Globetrotters in 1959
Chamberlain grabbing a rebound during a 1960 game against the New York Knicks
Chamberlain in 1962
Chamberlain and Nate Thurmond of the San Francisco Warriors competing for a rebound in 1966
Chamberlain in 1967
Chamberlain playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1969 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics
Elmore Smith and Chamberlain fighting for a rebound in 1971
Chamberlain with the Lakers in 1972
Chamberlain statue in South Philadelphia
Chamberlain historical marker outside of Philadelphia's Overbrook High School
Chamberlain being defended by the Celtics' Bill Russell in 1966
Chamberlain doing the twist with two dancers at Smalls Paradise in Harlem, New York

Chamberlain was named on the first-team NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans squad and led the Jayhawks into the NCAA finals against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Chamberlain's 4,029 regular-season points made him the only player to break the 4,000-point barrier; the only other player to break the 3,000-point barrier is Michael Jordan, with 3,041 points in the 1986–87 NBA season.

NC State Wolfpack men's basketball

The NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team represents North Carolina State University in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition.

The NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team represents North Carolina State University in NCAA Division I men's basketball competition.

The 1925-26 basketball team
Players Dick Dickey and Sam Ranzino with coach Case in 1950.
Tom Burleson, Monte Towe, and David Thompson were key members of NC State's 1974 national championship team.
PNC Arena, which opened in 1999, is the current home of Wolfpack basketball.
David Thompson is the only player in program history to have his number retired

In February 1947, his first season at NC State, Case defeated North Carolina in Chapel Hill, 48–46 in overtime, beginning a streak of 15 consecutive victories over the Tar Heels.

State did just that, defeating heavily favored North Carolina and Virginia squads led by Michael Jordan and Ralph Sampson, respectively.