“Michael Jordan wanted to go to UCLA”: Bill Walton reveals why MJ went to North Carolina instead of the country’s most successful program

“By the time they (UCLA) wanted to recruit me, they had heard that I was going to stay close to home, which was not necessarily true,” Jordan said. “I also wanted to go to Virginia because I wanted to play with Ralph Sampson for his last two years there. He was going into his junior year. I wrote to Virginia, but they just sent me back an admission form. No one came and watched me. Then I visited North Carolina and I was happy with the atmosphere, so I committed early.”