Shea Rush may not have been the most recognizable name in his time playing basketball at North Carolina, but the senior cherished every moment of his time as a Tar Heel.
Now, he attributes much of his personal and professional development to being a part of the UNC basketball program.
Growing up, Rush never really thought playing basketball at North Carolina was a possibility. He lived in Missouri, and through part of his senior year in high school, he planned to commit to an Ivy League school.
Then, Roy Williams gave him a call.
“As soon as he called,” he said, “I knew that that was exactly what I wanted to do.”
Rush visited UNC in February of his senior year of high school and committed as a walk-on before he even left town to go home. It was just the start of what would be the best years of his life.
Fast forward to now, and Rush is a college senior, on scholarship for the past three years. He has already taken one of his last few final exams before he is set to graduate next month.
As he reflects back on his time at UNC, basketball is central to nearly all of his experiences. He certainly became a better player over the last four years, but he says the program means much more to him.
“I think the biggest thing this program does, at least for me, is it teaches you a lot of lessons outside of basketball,” Rush said, “It’s not only a successful basketball program, but the players that come out of it turn into successful people, and just good people in general.”