Memories of Coach Dean Smith:Phil Ford and the Four Corners

Posted by Andy Durham on February 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm under College | 2 Comments to Read

One of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time died late Saturday/early Sunday morning and what are you lasting memories of the North Carolina Tar Heels’ legendary basketball coach Dean Smith…

Will never forget Phil Ford and that Four Corners…..

Got any favorite memories of Coach Dean Smith???

Here is a listing of Top North Carolina Tar Heel basketball players we recently listed here at the site and Coach Smith coached most of these guys…..

Here is a ‘quick shot’ “Top Six” 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…*****Remember that line from Woody Durham in the ’82 title game on the pass, “Thrown away to Worthy, thrown away to Worthy”…….
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???*****
+++++Charlie Scott has to be in that Top Five and for our purposes we will just list him at #6….+++++

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”….
Larry Miller
Bob McAdoo
Bobby Jones
Steve Previs
George Karl
Brad Hoffman
Dick Grubar
Rusty Clark
Lee Dedmon
Billy Cunningham
Bob Lewis
Steve Hale
Tommy LaGarde
Al Wood
Dudley Bradley
Kenny Smith
Mitch Kupchak
Ed Stahl
Eric Montross
Donald Williams
Roy Williams…I think he played some as a Walk-On….
Ged Doughton
Tommy Zaliagiris
J.R. Reid
Vince Carter
Antawn Jamison
Brad Daugherty
Jerry Stackhouse
Curtis Hunter
Kevin Madden
George Lynch
John Virgil
Rich Yonaker


  • Bob said,

    Rest in Peace Coach Smith

  • Gfan said,

    I was never a Tarheel fan but you have to respect the man for who he was and for all that he accomplished in his career.