Many people remember current UNC assistant basketball coach, Hubert Davis as a former ESPN analyst. Some people remember him hitting a big three-pointer to in the 1994 NBA Playoffs to help the New York Knicks reach the Finals against the Houston Rockets. Davis was drafted in the first round of the 1992 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He spent 12 seasons in the NBA. If you are my age or older (gentlemen do not share their age), then you have vivid memories of Hubert Davis playing in a Tar Heels uniform. I will let you in on a secret. Coach Davis is several years older than me. When he played at Carolina, I attended junior and senior high school.
Hubert was #40 before Joseph Forte and Harrison Barnes. Davis played on four good teams during in his Carolina years. He was a part of the team that upset the #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners during the second round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament. Former Laker and current actor, Rick Fox hit the game-winning shot this game. My father and I ran up and down the stairs after this win. Hubert Davis was a key role player on the 1991 Tar Heels’ squad that reached the Final Four. Current color commentator of UNC basketball broadcasts, Eric Montross, was the center on this team. Monmouth head coach, King Rice, and two of his assistant coaches, Derrick Phelps and Brian Reese, played on this team also. In the Final Four, Carolina loss to a young Kansas Jayhawks team led by third year head coach Roy Williams.
I also had the pleasure and privilege to watch Hubert Davis average 21 points a game as a senior at Carolina. He was the heart and soul of the Tar Heel. Although UNC lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes (led by Jimmie Jackson and Lawrence Funderburke) in the Sweet 16, Carolina was the only team to beat the Duke Blue Devils in their second consecutive season as the national champions. As a matter of fact, Carolina swept Duke during the regular season and Hubert Davis was a big reason why this happened.
Coach Davis does not get the respect that he deserves when people discuss the greatest players ever to don a Tar Heels uniform. As great as Tyler Hansbrough and Michael Jordan were, neither of these players averaged over 20 points during a season in Chapel Hill. Here is to Coach Hubert Davis. He is a winner, and we are proud to have him as a part of the coaching staff. Welcome back home, Hubert Davis. You are one of the greatest players in the history of North Carolina Tar Heel basketball.