The sight has become as much a part of spring in Chapel Hill as the redbud and ogwood blossoms. One day in late April or early May, a young man with a familiar face appears behind a dais at the Smith Center, dressed in street clothes rather than the satiny uniform to which we've become accustomed. He doesn't have to say anything, though of course he will; merely calling the news conference tells Tar Heel basketball fans all they need to knOw. The speculation and rumor ofmonths past is true- another star is NBA-borne. Since Bob McAdoo ' 75 first jumped ship in 1972, and in a spiral that's reached unprece- dented heights in recent years, nine men's
basketball players have left Carolina early to
embark on their professional careers. That's
easily more than any other Atlantic Coast
Conference program, and it places the Tar
Heels at the uncomfortable crest of a wave
to erode the
stability of col-
it's a trend,"
Konchalski, a well-respected recruiting expert
based in New York. "Now, what's happened
is, the real world, the modern world, has
intruded itselfinto Chapel Thrill. It's almost
as if Mount Olympus has been violated."
TWICE IN FOUR YEARS, THE EARLY LEAVING
OF A PAIR OF PLAYERS HAS REDUCED
A GUARANTEED-AWESOME CAROLINA TEAM
TO A REBUILDER. NBA MONEY GETS THE
STICKY STUFF OFF THEIR HEELS.
by Barry Jacobs
CAR0LINA ALUMN I REVlEW