WATCH: Jordan's first bucket at North Carolina

WATCH: Jordan's first bucket at North Carolina

August 15, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Mark Strotman

Michael Jordan will go down as one of the game's most prolific scorers in NBA history, but before there was "Air Jordan" and "His Airness" there was "Mike Jordan," a scrawny 6-foot-5 shooting guard making his debut at North Carolina.

In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Jordan makes his first appearance in the Carolina blue against Kansas on Nov. 28, 1981. The announcers speak highly of the blue-chip prospect, introducing him as, "the man who helps makes things go for the Carolina Tar Heels, starting his first game ever, Mike Jordan out of Wilmington, North Carolina, a freshman."

Jordan misses his first shot, a 17-footer from the left wing, before driving the left baseline for a floater to get the Tar Heels on the board. North Carolina went on to win their opener, 74-67, behind 12 points from the freshman Jordan. "Mike" went on to score 1,788 points in three seasons under Dean Smith before somewhat of a successful pro career, pouring in a decent 32,292 points over 15 seasons.