Jersey Monday: Ronald Curry

Look, I've still got a ton of amazing, quality jerseys to spotlight here, but it's time for a selection from Adam's Embarrassing Jerseys. And, in honor of defending national champion North Carolina missing the NCAA Tournament entirely and accepting an embarrassing NIT bid, here's a horrible jersey from North Carolina's past: basketball player Ronald Curry.

Technically this is just a UNC jersey, because Curry's name isn't on the back, but for those that remember this era of UNC basketball, you know #22 was Curry. He was once touted as the top recruit in the nation in both football and basketball. He was the MVP of the 1998 McDonald's All-American Game, a game that included future NBA stars Al Harrington, Rashard Lewis, Tayshaun Prince, Mike Miller, Corey Maggette and Richard Jefferson (ok, maybe I'm stretching the definition of "star" there, but still...).

Curry was never as good in college as he was in high school, and I blame this horrible jersey. North Carolina has one of the most iconic looks in sports, not just college basketball, but for some reason Brand Jordan (run by UNC alum Michael Jordan) decided to tinker with the look, going with this interlocked NC logo on the front of the jersey. Sure, they reached the Final Four wearing these duds in 2000, but fan reaction was beyond positive when they switched back to wearing "North Carolina" the following season.

Curry failed to distinguish himself as a UNC point guard or a UNC quarterback, and went on to a pretty undistinguished career as a wide receiver with the Raiders. This jersey went on to be worn once or twice, and is now buried in my basement, never to return to my wardrobe.

Jersey Monday will continue every Monday until I run out of jerseys to spotlight. And since I’ve got more than 150 of them, that could be awhile.

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