April 12, 2021

UNC appoints Hubert Davis as head coach of men’s basketball

Chappell Hill, NC – The North Carolina men’s basketball team meeting is scheduled for Monday at 4 p.m. Basketball coach. The decision comes four days after Hall of Fame head coach Roy Williams officially retired after 18 years as head coach of the program.

Davis has spent the past nine seasons as an assistant coach to Williams’ staff with responsibilities including recruitment, bench training and scouting. He also oversees the team’s charitable efforts and clinics and is the J.V. of Tar Heels.

The 50-year-old played for Dean Smith from 1988-92, helping with the UNC 1991 final four and the ACC tournament titles in 1989 and 1991. He scored 1,615 points (11.8 per game) in 137 professional games, yet the UNC Industry 3-point shooting percentage (.435). Davis scored 25 points against Williams-led Kansas Jayhawks in the 1991 final four and 35-point on March 8, 1992 at Duke. On average he won second-team All-ACC courses as a senior in 1991-92. 21.4 points per game.

Nixon Burke, New York, with the 20th overall selection in the first round of the 1992 NBA Draft. He played in the NBA for 12 years, spending time with the Nix in addition to the Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets. He has shot 44.1% from three of the 685 professional NBA games – which is currently the third highest of all time – and has shot more than 40% over long distances in nine of his 12 seasons.

Hubert Davis (Photo: Jim Hawkins / Carolina inside)

After retiring from professional basketball in 2004, Davis spent his next seven years as an analyst at ESPN and co-host of the college game Dave.

At the age of 41, Davis had no coaching experience at any level, although Williams helped appoint him to the UNC in 1988 and became a coach at the World University Games three years later. When Jared Hayes took over as UAP leadership coach in March 2012, Williams immediately turned his attention to the former Tar Heel.

When Davis was officially hired on May 2, 2012, Williams said: “Hubert has always been on my mind for the last four or five years. If a place is open I don’t know if he can come back, but I wanted him to be the first option. When it comes to teaching, relationships and interest, I think Hubert is the right choice. Our student-athletes will greatly benefit from his inclusion in our staff. “

Davis later admitted his surprise at the job, indicating that he asked Williams to repeat what he had said to make sure he was right.

“Carolina was a part of my life — the case was closed,” Davis said. “I’ve been on this campus since I was four and hung out with Uncle Walt. I went to camp here for nine years, I went to school here, I bought my first house here, I got married here. After I retired, we decided to raise our family here. I have a passion for this university, this project, this community that has been a part of my whole life. Coming back to a project that was my life, coming back and being a part of it, coming from a different perspective is huge. “

Davis, whose uncle, Walter, played for Dean Smith in the 1970s, has spoken on many occasions about the impact Smith had on his life, highlighting the importance of training and educating players on the heel myth before worrying about successes and losses. . He has taken that example forward in his own life.

“I want to be on the court,” Davis said on the Roy Williams live radio show in 2019. “Although it’s shootout, training, games. I want to be on the court. I want to serve, I want to help these kids. Try to become the best basketball player they can be; help them in their lives. That’s the biggest part of it. I work straight from here to coach Williams I’d like to do that. Outside of playing it, it’s been the best job I’ve ever been a part of. “

Davis graduated from the United Nations in 1992 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He and his wife Leslie have three children – Elijah, Bobby Grace and Micah.