Rank ‘Em: Top 5 UNC basketball players in the Roy Williams Era

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#3 – Tyler Zeller – Career Stats: 117 GP, 12.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.1 BLK, 78% FTS

Zeller’s freshman season started out with a bang… and then a break. With an injury to Tyler Hansbrough, he started the first two games of the year for the 2009 national championship team. He had a solid debut night with 18 points against Penn. Then the break happened. In a 77-58 rout of Kentucky, Zeller broke his wrist on a breakaway dunk attempt with just under 90 seconds to go in the game. He would only play in 15 games that season with the major bones in his left arm broken. He played sparingly near the end of the year, but never made his way back into the rotation.

His sophomore year he got his career back on track going for 9.3 points per game and 4.6 rebounds in limited action off the bench in a rebuilding season.

His junior season went much better as he averaged 15.7 PPG and grabbed 7.2 RPG as the Tar Heels won the ACC regular season championship and advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA tournament.

He cemented himself as a great Carolina hooper as a senior when he won ACC Player of the Year honors and was a second-team All-American. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed as his jersey was hung in the rafters at the Dean Dome in honor of his excellent career.