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Here are some NBA players who actually wanted to go to UNC (become a Tar Heel).

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Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is an NBA player who was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft.

Kevin Durant is one of the NBA's leading scoring small forwards.

Kevin Durant's major accomplishments at the University of Texas and in the NBA include as follows.

  • Retired number #35 at the University of Texas
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
  • NBA Season MVP (2014)
  • NBA Finals Champion (2017, 2018)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018)
  • Selected to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team

Kevin Durant was also teammates with Ty Lawson at Oak Hill Academy High School, a prestigious American basketball school, from 2004-2005.

Ty Lawson is an NBA player who went to UNC.

Here is a video of Kevin Durant and Ty Lawson in high school. (Ty Lawson is number #1 in the white jersey, Kevin Durant is number #42 in the white jersey)

Kevin Durant actually wanted to go to UNC himself because his friends, including Ty Lawson, were going to UNC.

Kevin Durant went to the University of Texas.

Jay Williams

Jay Williams is an NBA player who was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2002 NBA Draft.

NOTE: His NBA career was limited to the 2002-2003 season with the Chicago Bulls due to a motorcycle accident in 2003.

Jay Williams plays the point guard position and his scoring ability is his strength.

Jay Williams is a graduate of UNC rival Duke University and his major accomplishments include as follows.

  • Retired number #22 at Duke
  • NCAA Tournament Champion (2001)
  • NABC Most Outstanding Player Award (2001, 2002)

As of January 2024, he is working as a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

In fact, Jay Williams made headlines when he said that he would like to play at UNC today (as of January 2024)!

A collage image of Jay Williams wearing Michael Jordan's UNC-era number #23 was also made!

Commentary articles on Jay Williams' statement that he wanted to go to UNC are below.

Jay Williams stated the UNC team as of January 2024: "I just like the way they play! It's a fast paced-style of play, I like it! They allow RJ Davis to go!"

Jay Williams seems to like R. J. Davis because of his similar style of play!

Jay Williams actually grew up a UNC fan and had been thinking about going to UNC since high school until Ronald Curry signed with UNC.

Jay Williams supposedly went to Duke to avoid competing with Ronald Curry for the point guard position at UNC.

Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Brandon Ingram's position is small forward.

Brandon Ingram is a graduate of UNC rival Duke University and his major accomplishments include as follows.

  • ACC Rookie of the Year (2016)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2017)
  • NBA Most Improved Player (2020)
  • NBA All-Star (2020)

At the time UNC was recruiting Brandon Ingram in 2015, there was an alleged Academic Scandal and Brandon Ingram went to Duke University instead of UNC to avoid getting involved.

NOTE: On October 13, 2017, it was concluded that UNC could not be concluded to have violated NCAA academic rules.

The relationship between UNC and Brandon Ingram is described in the following articles.

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round, 13th overall, of the 1996 NBA Draft.

He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers soon after.

Kobe Bryant's position is shooting guard, just like Michael Jordan.

Kobe Bryant's major accomplishments include as follows.

  • NBA Season MVP (2008)
  • NBA Finals champion (2000-2002, 2009, 2010)
  • NBA Finals MVP (2009, 2010)
  • NBA 75th Anniversary Team
  • Retired numbers #8 and #24 at Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant became an NBA player after graduating from Lower Merion High School without going to college, but his interest in both UNC and Duke University has been the subject of much debate.

Summary

We introduced some NBA players who actually wanted to go to UNC (become a Tar Heel).

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