Michael Jeffrey Jordan

By: Koby Burgess

The Start

American basketball star Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York.

The Best

In 1981, Jordan earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in cultural geography. As a freshman in coach Dean Smith's team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 points per game (ppg) on 53.4% shooting (field goal percentage).He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patric Ewing.Jordan later described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career. During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, and added 5.0 rebounds per game (rpg).He was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American first team in both his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons. After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA Draft . The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick, Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers). Jordan returned to North Carolina to complete his degree in 1986.