Hansbrough’s Jersey To Be Retired

Tyler Hansbrough has been named National Player of the Year by The Sporting News and as a result UNC has announced his #50 jersey will be retired. Hansbrough, who crossed the 2000 point mark Saturday against Duke, will join Antawn Jamison, Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Phil Ford, Lennie Rosenbluth, George Glamack and Jack Cobb on the first row of jerseys hanging in the rafters of the Smith Center.

From the N&O:

“It truly is something special to have accomplished,” Hansbrough said in a statement. “In fact, it’s kind of hard to sit here and talk about how it feels to be put in the same category as the players who are up there already.”

Antawn Jamison, unanimous national player of the year in 1998, was the last Tar Heel to have his jersey retired.

“There will never be another one just like him,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in a statement. “I am so lucky to be his coach. For the rest of my career, I will be able to look up into that first row and see his jersey … and I know that will bring a big smile to my face.”

Needless to say this is well deserved given the way Hansbrough has played the game and represented UNC both on and off the court. His all out effort and the stats he has posted put him in the same company with those greats and like Roy, I think it will be nice to always look up and see his jersey hanging there on the front row.

23 Responses to Hansbrough’s Jersey To Be Retired

  1. C. Michael says:

    IF… UNC wins it all this year.

    IF… Tyler comes back…

    Then they can name the new stadium after him because the DES Center won’t survive next year’s Senior Day… 😉

  2. Dominic says:

    This will make my dream trip to Chapel Hill even better next year, to see his jersey hanging in the rafters.

    I just hope next year is the year I finally get to see my first UNC game live, and my first time visiting Chapel Hill.

    Are you allowed to bring a personal camera to games? Since I’ve never been I have no idea. 😦

  3. Will says:

    Kind of silly that the Sporting News counts for jersey retirement, but Sports Illustrated does not.

    For me, the other 5 awards that count for jersey retirement carry more weight because they are determined by voters, not a magazine. Consensus POY would be nice.

  4. Tar Heel Fan says:


    I think they decided to take the first opportunity to go ahead and get it off the table instead of allowing it to be a lingering question. What I am wondering is if the SI and TSN awards has any influence on the remaining voters for the other awards.

  5. C. Michael says:

    TSN is an institution. We are talking about a publication that is well over 100 years old and rivals the AP, in terms of longevity (1846 vs. 1886). Both are far more legit than SI, but, to be honest, the Naismith and Wooden Awards are the only two that really matter, IMO.

  6. Tar Heel alum and fan says:

    All well-deserved honors. UNC has been lucky to have him there for three years. I think a fourth year won’t happen.

  7. kavita says:

    Just curious, what’s the criteria for the back rows in the rafters?

  8. Tar Heel Fan says:

    “honored jerseys, which belong to players who were first-team All-Americans, the most valuable player of an NCAA championship team, or any member of a gold-medal-winning Olympic squad.”

  9. william says:

    How do they decide who to retire? What about Perkins, and Daugherty and Cunningham and Miller?

  10. Tar Heel Fan says:

    You have to be a NPOY as named by one of the following:

    Sporting News
    US Basketball Writers
    Natl Assoc of Basketball Coaches

    The only issue is Cobb, Rosenbluth and Worthy never received any of those POY awards, they were named POY by the Helms Foundation which is also where UNC claims a fifth national title.

  11. william says:

    Pretty weak distinctiong. Perkins and Daugherty and Miller and Cunningham and Bobby Jones stayed all four years and were all All Americans, I believe. Daugherty was a number one draft choice, to my knowledge the only Tar Heel ever and even though this is not an award, it is certainly evidence of the highest achievement.

  12. Tar Heel Fan says:

    I would agree. Perkins for example is #2 in scoring and #1 in rebounds for his career at UNC yet he is not on the front row. James Worthy, as great as he was in leading the team to a title if 45th in scoring. In my mind you have a case for moving Worthy back because he did meet the honored jersey criteria of being an MVP of a title team and retiring Perkins jersey. I can also see arguments for Cunningham, Miller, Daughtery and even George Lynch for that matter.

  13. william says:

    I haven’t been there is so long, what about coaches? Do McGuire or Williams have banners of any kind?

  14. Tar Heel Fan says:

    The coaches do have banners.

  15. william says:

    On another note, for those of you who might be watching tonight, give a cheer out for Western Kentucky, where alum Scott Cherry is now assistant coach. Scott was formerly an assistant at George Mason when they went to the final four and he seems to have a nose for mid-major winners, as Western Kentucky is having a great season and attempting to get back to the Final Four again. Good luck, Scott.


  16. Jack says:

    So why does UNC announce this before the player is retired?
    He has to play shirtless now if he comes back?

  17. Farouteast says:

    Vote for Hansbrough to win the national fan poll for Player of the Year at http://www.thebigdanceblog.blogspot.com/

  18. Silent Sam says:

    UVA retired Singletary’s jersey before Sunday’s UNC vs. Maryland game.

    Jack, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out Tyler’s jersey is going to be retired without an announcement from UNC since the UNC policy on retiring and honoring jerseys is well known.

    And, his #50 hasn’t retired yet. “To be retired” is future tense . . . .

  19. Will says:

    I totally agree THF about whther SI and TSN will have influence the remaining voting. In the last week, it seems that the debate has dropped off the map. I am taking this as a sign that people are starting to agree that the awards should go to Tyler.

  20. jhmd2000 says:

    William: Worthy was a first overall pick.

    I like Jack’s point. the #50 should be retired, effectively immediately. Tyler should wear #51 and see if he can get that one retired too next year, just to be even more awesome.

  21. Josh Bowling says:

    Smith doesn’t need a banner, as all the banners hang under the name of the Dean Smith Center!!

  22. Josh Bowling says:

    I would forfit my ability to be able to go see Carolina games if they would go back to Carmichael where students were predominate. That place seemed to scream Carolina blue whereas the Smith Center whines it, no pun intended on the “wine”‘s it.

  23. william says:

    That’s right. Worthy was a number one pick. I had forgotten that. I think it was between him and Terry Cummings and he went first and then got hurt again, as I recall.

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