The story of UNC’s first NBA player
The first former UNC player to play in a professional basketball league was George Glamack
. After his career in Chapel Hill, Glamack played several years in the National Basketball League in the 40s. However, if you want to be technical, he was not the first Tar Heel to play in the NBA. This technically makes Bones McKinney
UNC's first NBA player. (Tar Heel Blog
UNC Basketball Mailbag Jan. 24
Somewhat surprisingly, the most frequently worn number is one that can't be worn anymore. 21 Tar Heels have worn number-20. The last person to wear it was Steve Bucknall, who wore it during the time period that Carolina established the criteria for jersey retirement. That criteria resulted in number-20 being retired in honor of George Glamack, who had one of the best nicknames in Carolina history--The Blind Bomber.
(Tar Heel Blue