Even your fair-weather college basketball fan knows that the North Carolina Tar Heels boast one of the most storied programs in history.
UNC celebrated the centennial year of its men’s basketball program this year and held special events not only to commemorate the milestone but to honor players who have contributed to the school’s rich legacy.
UNC’s roster has included 58 McDonald’s All-Americans since its inception in 1977 and a comparable number of collegiate All-Americans dating back to 1923.
The Tar Heels have produced 10 National Players of the Year since 1924 and numerous players who hold various ACC awards and honors. Selected players have participated in the Olympics since 1964.
UNC has produced 38 first-round NBA draft picks thus far, more than any other ACC school, and 28 players have been selected in the first round since 1980, more than any other school in country. Tar Heels in the professional ranks have combined to win many NBA championship rings and played in the NBA All-Star Game.
The following list of 50 players comprise the best players that have emerged from the program. The list was compiled solely using data, such as individual awards, achievements, and performance history, that pertain to play strictly at the college level.
Players are un-ranked but listed chronologically from the earliest to most recent.