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Photo: UNC Alumnus Finishing Amazing Mural Of Former Coach Dean Smith In Chapel Hill

Dean Smith is one of the most important figures in North Carolina basketball history, and now he is being immortalized in an impressive mural in Chapel Hill. Artist Scott Nurkin, a UNC alumnus, began the project after the legendary basketball coach passed away, and now it is almost finished. Based on the photos available, it looks fantastic.

The Daily Tar Heel spoke to Nurkin about the mural last winter, when it began to take shape.

“He wasn’t just a basketball coach — he was so much more than that,” he said. “I think everybody that was underneath him would say as much. He was more than just someone who told them how to play basketball well. He taught people how to lead their lives well.”

After hearing of his death, Nurkin thought Smith was owed some type of tribute because of what he meant to the Chapel Hill community.

“If anyone was to be emblematic of the town of Chapel Hill, it would be Dean Smith. I think he’s synonymous,” he said. “I think if you were to poll residents of the town and say, ‘Who best represents what this town is about?’ or ‘Who is the most recognized and cherished member of this town?’ it would be Dean Smith.”

Nurkin plans to include in his mural a large portrait of Smith and his favorite quote of Smith’s — “You should never be proud of doing the right thing. You should just do the right thing.” 

A fitting tribute for an all-time great coach.

[Fox Sports]