BEST OF: The All-Final Four Teams from Syracuse and North Carolina


Syracuse and North Carolina will face off in the Final Four this Saturday, guaranteeing an ACC team in Monday's National Championship. With such a rich Final Four history for both programs, we drafted an All-Final Four Team of the best players from past Syracuse and North Carolina Final Four teams.


Syracuse All-Final Four Team


Gerry McNamara: 2003 National Champions

He may have been a bit out-shined by his fellow freshman, Carmelo Anthony, but McNamara had serious game. The best three-point and free throw shooter in Syracuse history, it didn’t take long for McNamara to emerge as an elite shooter. In Cuse’s 2003 Final Four game against Texas, McNamara scored 19 points and added four assists. He followed that with an 18-point performance in the national championship game, pouring in all six of his three pointers in the first half on his way to making the All-Tournament team.”
Carmelo Anthony: 2003 National Champions

Melo had one of the best freshman years in recent history, if not of all time. Averaging 22.2 points and 10 rebounds per game throughout his freshman season, Anthony was the key to Cuse’s surprise season and NCAA Tournament run. In the National Championship game, Melo dropped 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out seven assists. In addition to a championship ring, Melo also took home tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. 
John Wallace: 1996 National Runner-up

Syracuse fell 76-67 to Rick Pitino and Kentucky, but John Wallace gave the Wildcats all they could handle. After a senior season averaging of 22.2 points and 8.7 rebounds, Wallace went for 29 point and 10 rebounds in the title game – leading him to the All-Tournament team.
Derrick Coleman: 1987 National Runner-up

Derrick Coleman rebounded so well during the 1987 National Championship game, you would have thought he just got over a bad break-up. As just a freshman, Coleman scored eight points and grabbed 19 rebounds as the Orange fell to Indiana in one of the all-time great title games. Coleman was named to the All-Tournament team and finished his career at Cuse as the leading rebounder in modern day NCAA history.
Rony Seikaly: 1987 National Runner-up

Before his days as a house music DJ, the “Spin Doctor” was dominating the paint for the Orange. The 6’11” center averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in the 1987 NCAA Tournament, including 18 points and 10 boards in Syracuse’s one-point loss to Indiana in the National Championship.

UNC’s All-Final Four Team


Ty Lawson: 2009 National Champions
There may not be a better representation of the modern day UNC point guard than Ty Lawson. Strong, lightning-fast and could score from anywhere on the court, Lawson lead the high-powered Tar Heels to win the 2009 National Championship 89-72 over Michigan State. In the title game, Lawson’s line read: 21 points, six assists, four rebounds, and an NCAA title game record eight steals. Lawson was named to the All-Tournament team, a consensus second-team All-American and won the Bob Cousy Award. 
Michael Jordan: 1982 National Champions

The 1982 ACC Freshman of the Year did not disappoint on the biggest stage. Jordan capped off his 16 point, nine rebound performance with the go ahead jumper with 17 seconds to play to help the Tar Heels to a 63-62 win over Georgetown. We all know what unfolded in Jordan’s career after his clutch shot against the Hoyas, but to this day MJ says that it was that shot that proved to be a major turning point in his basketball career.
James Worthy: 1982 National Champions

Yes, the ’82 Tar Heels had a guy named Michael Jordan, but James Worthy was easily the Tar Heels’ best player. After leading UNC in scoring all season, Worthy dropped 28 points and added four rebounds in the title game against Patrick Ewing and Georgetown. Worthy was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, was a consensus first-team All-American, received co-player of the year honors and was taken first overall in the 1982 NBA Draft.
Lennie Rosenbluth: 1957 National Champions

Rosenbluth was the 1950’s Draymond Green – standing at just 6’5” but playing one of the toughest post games in the country. He led the Tar Heels to a 32-0 record in 1957, earning Collegiate Player of the Year, ACC Male Athlete of the Year, ACC Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American honors. An easy All-Tournament selection, Rosenbluth led all scorers in the NCAA tournament with 28 points per game. His Tar Heels outlasted Kansas and star center, Wilt Chamberlain, in the 1957 title game to give UNC a 54-53 win in triple overtime and the school’s first national championship. 
Tyler Hansbrough: 2009 National Champions

Sometimes, it looked like “Psycho T” was actually playing possessed out on the court, finding ways to score again and again over taller, more athletic players. The UNC and ACC all-time leading scorer lead the Tar Heels to the 2009 National Championship game, where his 18 points and seven rebounds earned UNC a national championship and Hansbrough All-Tournament honors. He led the ACC in scoring with 20.7 points per game and was the first ACC player to receive All-American and All-ACC honors in each of his four years in Chapel Hill.