The Top Five College Basketball Players in North Carolina Tar Heel History:You’ve got to get Walter Davis in there!!!
This is a great topic that John Kilgo and Dre Bly had going on their radio show today and I don’t think they realized how deep this topic really can go….This is a detailed one and even though I have never been a huge North Carolina Tar Heel basketball fan over the years, I have really enjoyed following their program and have found the people that make up the history of this basketball program to be very interesting….Have loved keeping up with them over the years and did not root for them, but sure knew the players and the “old school” era, you know the Dean Smith years, they might have been the best, but who are the best players, who would rank as ‘The Top Five Ever’ in hoops at UNC?????
You may be ‘old school’, you may be ‘new school’, or you may be in ‘Middle School’ as Dre Bly said today, but you “Top Five” and how many of them are still alive….Many of the ones John Kilgo mentioned for his “Top Five”, I could go along with, but leaving our “Sweet D” Walter Davis??? You can’t do that….
Here is a ‘quick shot’ “Top Five” for you from UNC/North Carolina….
1)Phil Ford….Mr. Point Guard…It is a shame more of today’s kids didn’t get to see him play….In his freshman year, I think it was 1975, he tore up the ACC Tournament and prior the shot clock, well Phil Ford and the ‘Four Corners’ offense is the reason the NCAA finally implemented/added the “Shot Clock”….
2)James Worthy…There might be good arguments to be made that Worthy was a better pro than he was a college player, but he was “up there” on the college list too….
3)Michael Jordan….Really was just passing through college on the way to NBA fame, but he did not pass up that NCAA Title back in 1982….That was a pretty decent “Big Three” of Jordan, Worthy and Perkins on that ’82 club and that could well be the best-ever edition at UNC-Chapel Hill…
4)Walter Davis…It doesn’t really matter what order you put/list these guys in, they all were among the best in college and pro basketball history and if you look at their combined careers, with taking college and pro ball into consideration, you would probably put Phil Ford last on the list…Top overall Heel for the College Encounters, but when add in what he went on to do in the pros, he misses the mark…Jordan, Worthy, Davis and Perkins all had great NBA careers, but we are mainly on the college netting here this evening….
5)Sam Perkins….Mr. Smooth while in college and again in the pros…Who did he play for in the NBA, was it Seattle and Dallas primarily???
*****We do have to get Charlie Scott in here somewhere, but where does he go???*****
There is your “Top Five” All-Time Best College Basketball Players at the University of North Carolina….But you may ask and then end up saying, “But You Left Out”….
Roy Williams…I think he played some as a Walk-On….
Who is in your “Top Five” or maybe make it easy on yourself and cook up you “Top Ten”, or even a “Top 25″…..
Excellent topic and old school ACC Basketball and especially old school(70’s/80’s/90’s) Big Four ACC Basketball is subject/topic that never dies……