Tyler Hansbrough recently became the greatest scorer in North Carolina history. What does it mean for Hansbrough’s place among Tar Heel legends? Nothing. Absolutely, nothing.
Hansbrough may be the No. 1 scorer in Chapel Hill, but he has a ways to go before he becomes a member of Tar Heel royalty. Heck, I have a hard time putting Hansbrough on my all-time North Carolina squad. To be on a member of the Tar Heel Supreme Court, you have to have a complete resume, meaning a stellar college career as well as a successful NBA career.
Obviously, Michael Jordan is The King of the Carolina Castle. The members of his roundtable would include: Billy Cunningham, Bob McAdoo and Bobby Jones, the three old wise men; Phil Ford, the Godfather of all UNC point guards; Kenny “The Jet” Smith, a unanimous Player of the Year winner in 1987 and one of a handful of Tar Heels to own multiple NBA championship rings; James Worthy and Sam Perkins are Jordan’s BFF from the 1982 title team; and Antawn Jamison, Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace and Vince Carter were not only super studs when they were at Chapel Hill, but they all have carried Carolina’s good name in the pro level and have greatly enhanced it by putting together All-Star careers.
Jordan’s advisors, or his “Merlins,” would be Dean Smith, Roy Williams, Bill Guthrie and Larry Brown. Hansbrough still has a chance to join Jordan’s henchmen, but two things have to happen. First, he must lead North Carolina back to the Final Four and win the team’s fifth NCAA title. Second, he needs to have a long and successful NBA career. Both are possible, but neither one is on Hansbrough’s check list. For now, Psycho T will have to settle for being the court jester.