words // Zac Dubasik

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels have won five NCAA Tournament Championships in their illustrious history, and have made 18 Final Four appearances. It's a program that's basically become synonymous with "college basketball." 

It was a certain player on their 1982 Championship team though that has cemented the program in both basktball and sneaker history. Only one school can include a player the calibur of Michael Jordan in their alumni, and that's UNC. Even if you considered Kobe and LeBron to be in the same league, neither even went to college.

During MJ's days, the Tar Heels were a Converse school, but made the transition to Nike in the late-'80s, before making the switch to their most famous player's own brand in the late-'90s. 

Over those years, the school has seen not only an extremely impressive run of future NBA All-Stars, but some classic sneakers. Take a look back as we remember some of the best kicks worn by the Tar Heels as March Madness begins.

Michael Jordan - Converse Pro Leather

 

Rasheed Wallace - Air Strong

 

Jerry Stackhouse - Air Jordan X

 

Jeff McGinnis - Air Jordan XI

 

Vince Carter and teammates - Air Modify Force

 

Kris Lang - Jordan Jumpman Team One

 

Jason Capel - Air MZ3

 

Joseph Forte - Air Jordan XV

 

Joseph Forte - Air Afterburner Flight

 

Orlando Mendez - Air Jordan 11

 

UNC Bench - Air Jordan XI

 

Sean May - Air Jordan XVIII

 

Sean May - Air Jordan XII

 

Sean May - Air Jordan XIX SE

 

Sean May - Air Jordan XIX SE & Ray Felton Nike Air Zoom Huarache 2K4

 

Ray Felton - Air Jordan X

 

Rashad McCants - Air Jordan XII

 

Marvin Williams - Air Jordan XIII

 

UNC Bench - Melo M3, Air Jordan XX2, Jordan 9.5

 

Ed Davis - Air Jordan XX2

 

Ty Lawson - Jordan 12.5

 

Ty Lawson - Zoom Soldier 2

 

Dexter Strickland - Air Jordan 2011

 

Harrison Barnes - Kobe 7 System 

 

John Henson - Air Jordan XIII

 

Leslie McDonald - Air Jordan XX8 SE

 

James McAdoo - Air Jordan 11

 

James McAdoo - Air Jordan X