Favorite Tarheels: 1- 5

1. Ed Cota (1996-2000): At UNC, Cota led the Tar Heels to three Final Fours (’97, ’98, ’00) in his four years as a starter. He was named the 1997 ACC Rookie of the Year and a 1997 Freshman All-America. As a sophomore, he broke the ACC record for most assists in a single season. By the time his college career concluded, he had become the first player in NCAA basketball history to score 1,000 points, and have 1,000 assists and 500 rebounds in a career. Despite his floor leadership, deceptive speed, and passing skills, the 6′ 0″, 200-lb. point guard was not drafted in the NBA. Currently Ed plays for Hapoel Jerusalem in Israel.

2. Dante Calabria (1992-1996): Calabria was a reserve on the 1993 National Championship team, and he appeared in 2 Final Fours (’93 & ’95). During his Junior season Dante made 49.6% of his three pointers, and he is known as one of the best shooters in Tarheel history. Calabria never played in the NBA, but he is currently playing professionally in Italy.

3. Jerry Stackhouse (1993-1995): Out of Oak Hill Academy “Stack” was heralded as the “Next Michael Jordan” because of his shooting ability, quickness, and vertical leap. Jerry was the 1995 National Player of the year, and he helped lead the Tarheels to the 1995 Final Four. Stackhouse left after his sophomore year and was selected in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft with the third pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.

4. Shammond Williams (1994-1998): The 6’1 shooting/point guard played on 3 Final Four teams (’95, ’97, & ’98). Although he was known primarily as an outside shooter, Shammond was an outstanding dunker, and he was the leader of the ’97-’98 teams that featured Vince Carter and Antawn Jamison. Shammond was selected in the second round of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls with the 34th overall pick. I bet you didn’t know he is Kevin Garnett’s cousin.

5. Makhtar N’Diaye (1996-1998): The native of Senegal was a 6’10” big man that dominated the inside for the Tarheels. After playing his high school ball at Oak Hill Makhtar went to Michigan. After the ’94-’95 season N’Diaye transferred to UNC, and he was a part of two Final Four teams (’97 & ’98). Whenever Makhtar played he usually wore at least two undershirts, and he was always the sweatiest guy on the court. After graduation Makhtar was not drafted by any NBA teams, but he was signed as a free agent by the Vancouver Grizzlies. The Senegal international is now playing in France.

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