said."I could have gone to a mid-major and averaged 20 points a game. But I wanted to go to North Carolina and win ational championships. That's one of the big reasons I'm back at North Carolina." In Doherty's freshman season, the Heels won 29 times and reached the national championship game, losing to Indiana. Doherty became a starter as a sophomore. Jordan joined the group, replacing Wood, and UNC went 32-2, finished atop the polls and won the national title. When Doherty became the Heels' head coach 18 years later, he resumed wearing the chanlpionship ring he won that spring. "I want them to notice I've got one," he says of his new players, "and they don't." The 1982-83 season saw Worthy, a future Hall-of-Famer, leave early for the pros. Carolina still won 28 games, finished first during the ACC season and reached the Sweet 16. Doherty led the squad in assists and averaged 10. 5 points, third on the team and tops of his career.
Doherty stepped into the inner circle when Williams couldn't break away from Kansas.
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