Favorite UNC Tarheels: 11-15

After making my initial post about my love for UNC basketball I decided to rank some of my favorite players. In this post I will list the players that ranked 11-15 and those that “missed the cut.”

11. Rasheed Wallace (1994-95): Wallace ranks as the leading career field goal shooter in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) history with a .635 percentage. As a sophomore Wallace helped lead the Tarheels to the Final Four in 1995, and following the tournament he left to enter the NBA Draft. The Washington Bullets selected Rasheed in the 1st round with the 4th overall pick.

12. George Lynch (1989-93): George Lynch lead the Tarheels to a National Championship in 1993 and a Final Four in 1991. After graduation Lynch was drafted by the LA Lakers in the 1st round with the 12th pick in the 1993 Draft. On December 20, 2006 Matt Doherty added Lynch to his SMU coaching staff. George was one of my favorite players on the ’93 championship team because he was from Roanoke, VA – my birthplace.

13. Serge Zwikker (1993-97): The “Dunking Dutchman” (in your face Rik Smits) was little used freshmen on the ’93 team. Serge was never a dominant big man like Eric Montross, but he proved to be an excellent shot blocker and rebounder. Serge was a part of 3 Final Four teams (93, 95, 97) and he was selected by the Houston Rockets in 2nd round (#30 pick overall) of the 1997 NBA Draft.

14. Jeff McInnis (1994-1996): McInnis came to UNC after the ’93 championship and he fulfilled the coveted point guard role. He helped lead the team to the 1995 Final Four, and he was selected by the Denver Nuggets in 2nd round (#37 pick overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft.

15. David Noel (2002-2006): David Noel is the prototypical “role player.” He was an excellent defender, passer, ball-handler, and scorer and he loved being the spark off the bench. Noel originally came to UNC as a wide-receiver on the football team, but his love for basketball lead him to walk-on to the basketball team. He was a key player on the 2005 championship team, and he helped guide the 2006 team to the second round of the NCAA tournament. David was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2nd round of the 2006 NBA draft with the the 39th overall pick.

Honorable Mention: Sean May, Raymond Felton, Ademola Okulaja, Brian Bersticker, Will Johnson, Jawad Williams, Brendan Haywood, Donald Williams, Brian Reese

Emerging Favorites: Wes Miller, Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, Bobby Frasor, Brandan Wright

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