Vasco Evtimov, 41, is set to graduate in May with a communications degree. "It's really interesting learning about different ideas and how to set up young individuals coming out of college, what to expect when they get a job," he said his major. "Really prepares you for it. And it's really interesting for me."

We sat down with Vasco Evtimov to talk about his favorite Dean Smith memory and more

On Monday, the Daily Tar Heel profiled former UNC basketball player Vasco Evtimov. Here are some extra stories from that wide-ranging, exclusive 30-minute interview.


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Vasco Evtimov, 41, left UNC for a professional career in 1999 after just 38 games. The 6-foot-10 former McDonald's All-American played in 10 countries before returning to North Carolina to complete his degree.

How a promise to Dean Smith brought former basketball player Vasco Evtimov back to UNC

Vasco Evtimov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and lived there until he was 12. Then came four years in France. He moved to the United States for high school basketball, playing at Long Island Lutheran in New York. North Carolina recruited him heavily, and Evtimov, a 1996 McDonald’s All American, saw a program and a coach that fit.  Evtimov's story doesn't stop there. Read about how his journey landed him right back at UNC.