Honored North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball players
Forty-seven former North Carolina men's basketball players are honored in the Dean E. Smith Center with banners representing their numbers hung from the rafters. Of the 49 honored jerseys, eight are retired and cannot be worn by a future North Carolina basketball player.
To be honored, a player must be: the Most Valuable Player of a National Championship-winning team, an ACC Player of the Year, a first- or second-team All-America, an NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player or a member of a gold medal-winning Olympic team. The most recently honored players are point guard Ty Lawson and shooting guard Wayne Ellington, both of whom were officially recognized before the Tar Heels' game against North Carolina State on February 13, 2010. Lawson qualified by being named the 2009 ACC Player of the Year, as well as being named a second-team All-American in the same season by the AP, NABC and Sporting News. Ellington qualified by being named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The criterion was added in the Summer of 2009 and also made Donald Williams, MOP of the 1993 tournament, eligible to be honored in the rafters.
To have a jersey retired, a player must win one of the following six national player of the year awards: Associated Press, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Sporting News, John R. Wooden Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy or Naismith College Player of the Year.
Eight players (including Jack Cobb, whose jersey did not have a number) have had their jerseys retired. The most recent player to have his number retired is Tyler Hansbrough, whose number 50 became the program's seventh number and eighth jersey retired during halftime of the Tar Heels' matchup against Duke on February 10, 2010. He qualified for the honor by winning all six of the required national player of the year awards in the 2007–08 season.
Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes became the most recent players to qualify to have their jerseys honored after the 2011–12 season. Zeller qualified by winning the 2012 ACC Player of the Year award and being named second team All-American. and Barnes qualified by also being named second team All-American.
- Players whose numbers are retired are shown with a blue background
|NC||Cartwright Carmichael||1921-24||First-team All-America|
|NC||Jack Cobb||1923-26||National Player of the Year|
|20||George Glamack||1938-41||National Player of the Year, First-team All-America|
|8||Jim Jordan||1944-46||Second-team All-America|
|13||Hook Dillon||1945-48||First-team All-America|
|10||Lennie Rosenbluth||1954-57||National Player of the Year, First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year|
|35||Pete Brennan||1955-58||First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year|
|40||Tommy Kearns||1955-58||Second-team All-America|
|12||Lee Shaffer||1957-60||First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year|
|22||York Larese||1958-61||Second-team All-America|
|35||Doug Moe||1958-61||First-team All-America|
|11||Larry Brown||1960-63||Olympic gold medal|
|32||Billy Cunningham||1962-65||First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year|
|22||Bob Lewis||1964-67||First-team All-America|
|44||Larry Miller||1965-68||First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year|
|33||Charlie Scott||1967-70||Olympic gold medal, First-team All-America|
|31||Bill Chamberlain||1969-72||Second-team All-America|
|44||Dennis Wuycik||1969-72||First-team All-America|
|35||Bob McAdoo||1971-72||First-team All-America|
|34||Bobby Jones||1971-74||First-team All-America|
|21||Mitch Kupchak||1972-76||First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, Olympic gold medal|
|24||Walter Davis||1973-77||Olympic gold medal|
|45||Tommy LaGarde||1973-77||Olympic gold medal, Second-team All-America|
|12||Phil Ford||1974-78||National Player of the Year, First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, Olympic gold medal|
|31||Mike O'Koren||1976-80||First-team All-America|
|30||Al Wood||1977-81||First-team All-America|
|52||James Worthy||1979-82||National Player of the Year, First Team All-America, MVP of NCAA champions, NCAA Tournament MOP|
|41||Sam Perkins||1980-84||Olympic gold medal, First-team All-America|
|23||Michael Jordan||1981-84||National Player of the Year, First Team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, Olympic gold medal|
|42||Brad Daugherty||1982-86||First-team All-America|
|30||Kenny Smith||1983-87||First-team All-America|
|34||J.R. Reid||1986-89||First-team All-America|
|34||George Lynch||1989-93||MVP of NCAA Champions|
|00||Eric Montross||1990-94||Second-team All-America|
|21||Donald Williams||1991-95||NCAA Tournament MOP|
|42||Jerry Stackhouse||1993-95||First-team All-America|
|30||Rasheed Wallace||1993-95||Second-team All-America|
|15||Vince Carter||1995-98||Second-team All-America, Olympic gold medal|
|33||Antawn Jamison||1995-98||National Player of the Year, First Team All-America, ACC Player of the Year|
|00||Brendan Haywood||1997–2001||Second-team All-America|
|40||Joseph Forte||1999–2001||First-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year|
|2||Raymond Felton||2002-05||MVP of NCAA Champions|
|42||Sean May||2002-05||First-team All-America, MVP of NCAA Champions, NCAA Tournament MOP|
|32||Rashad McCants||2002-05||Second-team All-America|
|50||Tyler Hansbrough||2005-09||National Player of the Year, First Team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, MVP of NCAA Champions|
|5||Ty Lawson||2006-09||Second-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year, MVP of NCAA Champions|
|22||Wayne Ellington||2006-09||NCAA Tournament MOP|
|44||Tyler Zeller||2008-12||Second-team All-America, ACC Player of the Year|
|40||Harrison Barnes||2010-12||Second-team All-America|
- "Tar Heel Basketball Glossary". University of North Carolina Athletic Department. October 6, 2003. Retrieved 2008-03-16.
- Associated Press (2010-02-13). "Ellington, Lawson saluted before game". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- Lucas, Adam (November 4, 2009). "Lucas: New Honor For Sweet-Shooting MOPs". North Carolina athletics official website.
- Associated Press (2010-02-10). "Hansbrough has No. 50 retired". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-02-13.
- "Hansbrough Wins Wooden Award, Sweeping Major Individual Honors" (Press release). University of North Carolina Athletic Department. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
- Pickeral, Robbi (March 6, 2012). "Zeller 'stretch'es to the Smith Center rafters". North Carolina Basketball Blog (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- Pickeral, Robbi (March 20, 2012). "Barnes qualifies to join Zeller in rafters". North Carolina Basketball Blog (ESPN.com). Retrieved 2012-03-20.
- "SMITH CENTER JERSEYS". Carolina Basketball Media Guide. University of North Carolina Athletic Department. 2009. pp. 126–135. Retrieved 2009-10-08.
- Article on retired jerseys