|(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)|
Ford was the first freshman to start the first game of his career under Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith at North Carolina, and was the national player of the year as a senior.
Ford was a star for the Tar Heels from the moment he arrived on campus. He was the ACC tournament MVP as a freshman in 1975, and averaged 18.6 points per game during his collegiate career, which spanned 1974 to 1978.
"I didn't think I would ever get a call for such a tremendous honor as this," said Ford, who thanked former teammates and former UNC coach Dean Smith. "It's overwhelming and I'm truly humbled and it's something that I'll cherish the rest of my life.
"I was very blessed to play with great teammates and play for the greatest coach who ever coached basketball."