Some would say the rivalry between Duke and North Carolina is the best in college basketball. Some would even go as far as saying it’s the biggest rivalry in all of college sports. When it comes to the Blue Devils vs the Tar Heels, every matchup has the potential to be an instant classic.
Some of the greatest players in the history of Men’s College Basketball have played for Duke or UNC and moved on to the NBA, a lot of them finding success. However, a lot, doesn’t mean all. Let’s take a look at the players who achieved NCAA greatness, but left all the glory on Tobacco Road as they couldn’t quite cut it in the NBA.
Tyler Hansbrough: 2009, 13th Pick
Tyler Hansbrough was the first player in ACC history to not only be named First Team All-ACC four times, but to also be named to a First Team All-American squad in each of his four seasons. He was also named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2006 and ACC Player of the Year in 2008, while sweeping all national player of the year awards that year as well.
After an eight-year NBA career, where he played for three different NBA teams, Hansbrough continued his NBA career in China, signing with the Guangzhou Long-Lions in 2017.
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