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Former UNC player shares personal recruiting letters from Dean Smith

In a Nov. 1, 1994 file photo, former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan shares a moment with Dean Smith, his former coach at North Carolina, during ceremonies honoring Jordan at Chicago's United Center. A former UNC player shared recruiting letters Smith sent Monday
In a Nov. 1, 1994 file photo, former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan shares a moment with Dean Smith, his former coach at North Carolina, during ceremonies honoring Jordan at Chicago's United Center. A former UNC player shared recruiting letters Smith sent Monday AP

Former UNC basketball player Michael Brooker played for the Tar Heels from 1997-2001. He redshirted during the 1996-97 season.

He is currently head boys basketball coach at Lake Oconee Academy, a public charter school in Greensboro, Ga.

Brooker recently shared some of the recruiting letters he got from former North Carolina coach Dean Smith before he signed to become a Tar Heel. Both include handwritten addendums from the Hall of Fame coach.

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Former UNC basketball player Michael Brooker recently shared recruiting letters from Dean Smith on Twitter

In one, Smith calls Chapel Hill a “Perfect College Town.”

Brooker, a 6-foot-6 guard from Nashville, Tenn, never got to play for Smith in a game. Smith, who passed away in 2015, retired before the 1997-98 season, which was Brooker’s redshirt freshman year. Brooker played for Bill Guthridge and Matt Doherty in Chapel Hill, but has fond memories of the legendary coach who recruited him to Chapel Hill.

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