Choosing the first and second team for one of the most storied programs in history was hard. Even as good as I think the list is there are several good arguments about omissions. Guys like Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace, Kenny Smith, Vince Carter, and Brad Daugherty who were left off.
Take a look at some of those who made the cut and why:
Phil Ford (1974-1978)
Points per game: 18.6 Assists per game: 6.1 Accolades: UNC’s second-leading scorer all-time; three-time All-America; national player of the year in 1978.
A full picture isn’t even necessary. To identify Phil Ford, all that’s needed is a shot of his hand, four fingers extended. For the past 40 years, Ford has been the most iconic UNC player ever to dribble a basketball. Coach Dean Smith had developed the four corners delay offense before Ford arrived at UNC, but nobody ran it better than the skinny freshman from Rocky Mount. When Ford raised four fingers, the game was often over. Ford could dribble around anyone, and his staccato crossover was unguardable. Ford finished his career with a national title game appearance, three straight first-team All-ACC team honors, three All-America honors and 2,096 career points. He will be, and remains, the greatest player ever to wear a North Carolina basketball jersey, and his retired No. 12 is one no UNC player will ever wear again.