Favorite Tarheels: 6-10

6. Vince Carter (1995-1998): The high flying former McDonald’s All-American went to two Final Fours (’97 & ’98), and was selected in the 1st round of the 1998 NBA Draft with the 5th pick by the Golden State Warriors (then traded to Toronto for Antawn Jamison). During the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Carter performed one of the most memorable dunks in history when he flew over 7-foot-2 French center Frédéric Weis. The French media later dubbed it “le dunk de la mort” or “the Dunk of Death.”

7. Tyler Hansbrough (2006-present): The sophomore power forward has asserted himself as the centerpiece of the current Tarheel squad. Last year he was the ACC Freshmen of the year, made the conference’s first team, and finished second to Duke’s J.J. Redick in ACC Player of the Year voting. Hansbrough’s toughness, hustle, and emotion have made him a fan favorite and a potential NCAA Player of the Year candidate.

8. Julius Peppers (1999-2002): Peppers played defensive end at the UNC, and he won the Chuck Bednarik Award for the nation’s top defensive player and the Lombardi Award as the best collegiate lineman in 2001. The two-sport athlete helped lead the Tarheels to the 2000 Final Four as a sophomore while shooting an amazing .643 from the field. Peppers’ quickness, soft-touch, vertical leap, and power made him a potential NBA lottery pick. However, in the 2002 NFL Draft, Peppers was selected by the Carolina Panthers as the second overall pick.

9. Antawn Jamison (1995-98): Jamison played three seasons for the Tarheels, averaged 19.0 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and went to two Final Fours (’97 & ’98). His junior year, he was awarded both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as the most outstanding men’s college basketball player. Antawn was selected in the 1st round of the 1998 NBA Draft with the 4th pick by the Toronto Raptors (then traded to Golden State for Vince Carter).

10. Eric Montross (1990-94): Montross was part of the Tar Heel team that won the NCAA Championship against Michigan in 1993, and he was involved in two Final Fours (’91 and ’93). Montross was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 9th overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. Currently Montross is a commentator for a radio station that covers Tarheel basketball games.


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