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.