When guard Jeff McInnis departed for the pros after Jamison's first season, Carolina looked to the forward to take a starring role. He stepped up to the challenge as the team's top scorer with 19.1 points a night, and led the Tar Heels to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
He was once again named to the All-ACC first team, but the awards did not stop there. Jamison was a consensus second team All-American and was an NCAA Tournament All-Region player.
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With Jamison, Vince Carter and Shammond Williams in tow, the Tar Heels won their first 17 games of 1997-98 and suffered just three losses total in the regular season against NC State, Maryland and Duke.
The Tar Heels would get their revenge, though, as they took down each of those three teams in the ACC Tournament to claim victory. Jamison won ACC Tournament MVP, and the team had momentum as a No. 1 seed heading into March Madness.
Jamison continued to shine that junior season, putting up averages of 22.2 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game on the season, both top marks in the ACC. He was first team All-ACC for the third time in three years and a first team consensus All-American.
He was certainly not short on hardware in what would be his final season in a Carolina jersey, winning nearly every individual award in college basketball including the Wooden Award, the Naismith Award and AP Player of the Year.
Perhaps the only knock on Jamison’s career at UNC is that he was never able to lead the Tar Heels to a national championship, though UNC made two Final Four appearances in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Jamison has a resume that stands tall among the Carolina greats with individual accolades few at UNC, in the ACC or even in the country, have ever collected. He was named an ACC Basketball Legend in 2017 and continues to stick around UNC basketball, hosting a camp every summer for children of the community in the Dean Smith Center as his No. 33 jersey hangs in the rafters overhead.
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