Patrick Ewing almost went to North Carolina, but there was a KKK rally at his hotel

Thanks to the KKK, North Carolina missed the chance for the greatest college team of all time

6/13/13 in NCAABB   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

Blog Photo - Patrick Ewing almost went to North Carolina, but there was a KKK rally at his hotelPatrick Ewing was recently hired as the associate head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats (Hornets), and he went on the Dan Patrick Show this morning to discuss it.

One of the stories that he told during his interview with DP was about the time he went to North Carolina as a high school recruit.

Ewing was strongly considering the Tar Heels as a potential destination, but while he was there, the Ku Klux Klan held a rally in Chapel Hill.

At that moment, Ewing decided that there's no way he could ever attend school there, and he eventually decided to stay further up North and attended Georgetown.

If Ewing had decided to play at North Carolina, the Tar Heels would have had one of the all-time greatest teams in the history of college basketball, and perhaps one of the strongest rosters in the history of basketball.

Carolina already had Michael Jordan and James Worthy, two of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, as well as Sam Perkins, Jimmy Black, and Matt Doherty. They won a championship in 1981-82, which was Ewing's freshman season. Then, in 1983-84, Ewing led his Georgetown Hoyas to a championship.

If Ewing had gone to Carolina, there might have been 3 or 4 championships in a row at Chapel Hill. That would have been one of the greatest teams ever assembled.

If not for the KKK, UNC could have added another rich chapter to their already incredible history.
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7/3/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

He was going to Georgetown...but sure makes a great story...

6/13/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

And Dean Smith still would've needed help to win a National Championship.