North Carolina Basketball: Ranking the 5 Most Hyped Recruits in 'Heels History

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North Carolina Basketball: Ranking the 5 Most Hyped Recruits in 'Heels History
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When it comes to North Carolina basketball, hyped—and many times over-hyped—recruits are the norm. It's just a part of the territory for distinguished programs such as UNC.

But with that, ranking the five most hyped recruits in Tar Heels' history becomes quite the daunting task. Including the latest recruits, Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks, Chapel Hill has housed 67 McDonald's All-Americans since its inception in 1977.

With all the star recruits that have landed at UNC, many players are virtually interchangeable. However, these five recruits stand above the rest.

Given the fact recruiting hype has never been at the level it is today with the internet and 24-hour media coverage, modern-era recruits have a little more weight in these rankings. Recruiting hype used to travel through word of mouth and the occasional newspaper.

In 2013, you couldn't avoid Andrew Wiggins talk if you wanted to.

The recruiting trail has simply become a whole new demon. But even so, that didn't keep a couple pre-90s Tar Heels out of this top five.

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