Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ellington, Williams to have jerseys honored, too

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina four-time All-America Tyler Hansbrough was already scheduled to have his jersey retired, and former teammate Ty Lawson, a first-team All-America, was already scheduled to have his jersey honored.

But two additional jerseys -- those of Wayne Ellington and Donald Williams -- will soon be hung in the Smith Center rafters, as well.

UNC officials recently decided to add "Final Four Most Outstanding Player" and "ACC Player of the Year" to the qualifications that allow numbers to be honored. Formerly, a player had to a first- or second-team All-America, an Olympic gold medalist, or the MVP of a national championship team (as voted on by the squad).

Ellington was the MOP of UNC national title team last April; Williams was MOP in 1993.

Dates have not yet been set for the jersey-raising ceremonies.

– Robbi Pickeral, News & Observer


Anonymous said...

Soon a "Second team All-ACC" selection will get you up in those UNC rafters. Doesn't have near the mystique of State jerseys and definitely not D00k's.

Ellington? This lowers the prestige of those Carolina jerseys a notch.

MichaelProcton said...

Really? You're saying a two-game stretch isn't enough to get a guy's jersey retired? Crazy thought.

Anonymous said...

Wow...doesn't take a whole lot to get Carolina jerseys up there these days.

This is like putting Jim Edmonds and Carlos Baerga in the Hall of Fame.