CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Former University of North Carolina All-America guard and McConnells native Ivory Latta will have her jersey retired and will receive the university's Patterson Medal during halftime of Saturday's ACC opener against Georgia Tech.
Latta, the 2006 National Player of the Year, will become just the second player in program's history to have her jersey retired, joining current assistant coach Charlotte Smith.
"It's cool, a great honor to have my jersey retired and to be reunited with my coaches, teammates and friends at UNC," Latta said. "I'm happy about it. I will always be a Tar Heel."
Ivory said she was equally excited when her No. 12 was retired at York Comprehensive High School, where she enjoyed a standout career.
Latta finished her collegiate career with 2,285 points, the most in school history. She also finished with 345 career 3-pointers, the most in ACC history.
Latta was a three-time All-American as well as a consensus first-teamer in 2006 and 2007. She was named National Player of the Year, the criterion for jersey retirement, by ESPN.com, Basketball Times, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Gballmag.com in 2006.
Her honored number adorns a wall at York, with donated jerseys from UNC and the Detroit Shock framed underneath.
The Patterson Medal is the university's most prestigious athletic award.