There are many open courts on campus, including Woollen, Fetzer Gym, Rams Head Recreational Center and outdoor courts next to the Smith Center.
“It is the product of UNC deep in basketball tradition,” Hinton said. “People want to play — pickup or otherwise.”
Woollen has hosted a pickup game played by faculty, staff, alumni and graduate students during lunch hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for more than 20 years.
“Lunch is the time I don’t teach classes,” said communications graduate student Armond Towns.
Towns said he plays in Woollen because he is not as young as he once was and many of the players at Woollen are older.
However, the number of people that play at Woollen is not as consistently high as Hinton thinks it should be. Last week, 216 people played pickup on Friday, but only 92 people played on Monday.
Hinton attributes the lower numbers at Woollen to the lack of air conditioning in the gym.
Senior Melanique DeVeaux said she chooses instead to play at Rams because it is air-conditioned. She also believes that Rams tends to draw more competitive players, which makes it more crowded.
“Woollen feels like it’s 800 degrees,” she said.
Senior Tyler Colvard said when the courts are especially crowded, the players will shoot for spots on the team. The first five players to make a basket will play on the same team. The winning team gets to keep playing, while the losing team will disassemble.
Rams starts to get crowded around 5 p.m., when most classes are over and players can park on campus, he said.
Director of Campus Recreation Bill Goa said he plans to address the lack of air conditioning in Woollen and the crowded courts in Rams.
Within the next six months, he will create a recreational facilities master plan, and will assess the need for more basketball, volleyball and other multipurpose courts.
“We will solicit student input during this process,” he said.