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Former UNC player Michael Brooker shares personal recruiting letters from Dean Smith
Former UNC basketball player Michael Brooker played for the Tar Heels from 1997-2001. He redshirted during the 1996-97 season. He is currently head boys basketball...

Photos: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins spend a day on the UNC campus in Oct. 1983
In Nov. 1983, Sports Illustrated's Curry Kirkpatrick wrote a cover story about Michael Jordan and Sam Perkins, who at the time were stars of the...

See Dean Smith’s handwritten note to a recruit
Dean Smith was a prodigious letter writer, and since his death in 2015, an increasing number of those letters have been making their way to...

Art’s Angle: The Mission of Dean Smith
Now that the NCAA has acknowledged it has no jurisdiction over the sanctioned courses offered at its more than 1,000 member institutions, it is time...

Smith Center Closing July 31-Aug. 27
The Dean E. Smith Center will close for its annual maintenance and floor refinishing from Monday July 31 through Sunday August 27. During that period,...

4 recruiting classes have contributed to matching titles for Triangle rivals
1. Class of 1990 Eric Montross, Derrick Phelps, Brian Reese, Clifford Rozier, Pat Sullivan and Kevin Salvadori made up coach Dean Smith’s top-ranked recruiting haul...

Basketball museum closing for renovations July 17-Sept. 4
The Carolina Basketball Museum will be closed for renovations from Monday July 17 through Monday September 4. The museum is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday...

U.S. States with the Worst Summers
31. North Carolina is lovely during almost the entire year, thanks to the Appalachian Mountains blocking the gross chubby weather of the Midwest from corrupting...

Three Things: A Letter From Coach Smith
The letter, now 34 years old, hangs in the Carolina Basketball Museum. There are typos and handwritten notes, and Dean Smith didn’t sign it—all indications...

Inside the playbook: UNC basketball and the vaunted secondary break
The secondary break is more a philosophy than it is a play type for UNC basketball. It may not (yet) have a Chapel Hill-based restaurant...

Video: Michael Jordan UNC Highlights Narrated by Dean Smith
Watch some of Michael Jordan's best plays during his 1983-1984 National Player of the Year season at North Carolina. Dean Smith and Woody Durham narrate...

November 29, 1982: Frank Deford's Sports Illustrated article on Dean Smith
Most everybody assumed that the ball would go to James Worthy or Sam Perkins, but Dean Smith figured that Georgetown would try to deny the...

Video: Michael Jordan Archives - Hidden Gem Dunk at UNC
Michael Jordan, one of the most dominant players in NBA history, and former Tar Heel, he had a flair for greatness when drove to the...

UNC Doctoral Hooding commencement: Beginning of a ‘great responsibility’
After years of research, teaching and training, nearly 300 doctoral candidates closed out their Carolina careers May 13 at the Dean E. Smith Center. As...

Roy Williams never imagined topping Dean Smith’s legacy
Roy Williams never dreamed this could happen. Back in 1982, as an assistant under legendary coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina, Williams...

Lucas: Year One
During summer workouts with the Utah Jazz, Marcus Paige was approached by Utah assistant Tony Lang, who played at Duke. Lang frequently talked about how...

Awards Handed Out At UNC's Annual Basketball Banquet
Justin Jackson, the 18th consensus first-team All-America in UNC history, and the third Tar Heel to win ACC Player of the Year and win an...

Third national title defines, rather than validates Roy Williams' legacy
Roy Williams is an emotional man to begin with. But just mention the name of his mentor and coaching inspiration Dean Smith and his eyes...

Tar Heels produced notebook, not textbook, basketball
The last two wins were seat-of-the-pants game plans by the coach who still has the notebooks from his days of watching Dean Smith run practices...

Lucas: Hooked
We all remember when we were hooked. The team that made me fall in love with Carolina basketball was the 1986-87 squad. They had Dean...

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