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UNC hires former Tar Heel guard Hubert Davis as assistant coach

Posted May 2, 2012
Updated May 3, 2012

— Former University of North Carolina guard, 12-year NBA veteran and ESPN analyst Hubert Davis is the Tar Heels’ newest assistant men’s basketball coach, head coach Roy Williams announced today.

Davis has spent the past seven years with ESPN as a highly regarded college basketball analyst and co-host of College GameDay. He is replacing Jerod Haase, who spent nine years on Williams’ staff at Carolina prior to being named the head coach at UAB. North Carolina Logo More UNC Stories

“I am very excited, thankful and honored to re-join the Carolina basketball program as an assistant to Coach Williams,” says Davis. “I loved being a part of college basketball during my time at ESPN by attending practices and games and developing relationships with players and coaches. Now I will have the opportunity to do this on a more personal level at a university and with a basketball program that I have loved my entire life.”

The Burke, Va., native played in 137 games as a Tar Heel from 1988-92, during which time UNC went 102-37, won the 1989 and 1991 Atlantic Coast Conference Tournaments and played in the 1991 Final Four. He scored 1,615 points, an average of 11.8 per game, and holds the UNC record for career three-point percentage at .435 (197 of 453). He scored in double figures 80times, had 23 games with 20 or more points, including 25 against Kansas in the 1991 national semifinals.

Davis averaged 21.4 points and earned second-team All-ACC honors as a senior. He scored in double figures in 32 of 33 games that season, including 20 games with 20 or more points and 30 or more in four games. He netted a career-high 35 points at Duke on March 8, 1992.

As a junior, Davis made 64 of 131 three-pointers, a percentage of .489 that is second-best in UNC history. He shares the UNC single-game record for three-pointers, as he made eight at Florida State as a senior.

“I am ecstatic to announce that Hubert Davis will be joining our program as an assistant coach to replace Jerod Haase,” says Williams. “Jerod was phenomenal as a player and assistant and I am elated that I can fill this spot with Hubert. I helped recruit him to Carolina in 1988, coached him in the World University Games in 1991 and have always admired him on and off the court. I knew the day would eventually come when I would need to replace staff members as they moved on. For the last four or five years Hubert has alwaysbeen on my mind in case a spot did come open. I didn’t know if I could get him to come back, but I knew I wanted him to be the first option. Coaching is about teaching, relationships and passion and I feel Hubert is the perfect choice. Our student-athletes will benefit greatly from what he adds to our staff.

“I really was overjoyed by the interest from former players and I knew I wanted the hire to be a former Tar Heel. I considered several current college coaches as well as people wanting to get into college coaching – it was a fabulous group. Guys like Shammond Williams are not in college coaching now, but is going to be great when his time comes. We also had interest from NBA assistants, so it truly was a diverse group, butHubert is taking the job and I know all former Tar Heels will be extremely happy.

“Again, I am ecstatic to make this announcement and look forward to working with Hubert. My entire staff and team are excited about Hubert and his family being with us.”

The New York Knicks selected Davis in the first round of the 1992 NBA Draft. He played in 12 seasons in the NBA, scoring 5,583 points, an average of 8.2 per contest. He made 728 three-point field goals and prior to the 2011-12 season was third in NBA history in three-point percentage at .441.

Davis and his wife, Leslie, have three children – Elijah, Bobbie Grace and Micah.

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  • The Godfather May 3, 6:59 p.m.

    I have nothing bad to say about this, although I do wonder why Carolina would hire a guy with... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Nice hypocritical first sentence. At least you are not losing your edge of no reason.

  • The Godfather May 3, 6:57 p.m.

    Straight Up Skippy! The Tar Heels getting their coaching game on. Excellent pull by Roy. ... View More

    — Posted by The Godfather

    You are the first person to bring up NCSU? Stop with the obsession!!!

    — Posted by ThePackisBack

    Not obsession. Why put off the inevitable. Any good news about UNC will always result in the lunatic majority coming out to wail like they got their tail caught in a brush grinder. You may want to tuck that thing in.

  • The Godfather May 3, 6:55 p.m.

    Silly mooers. Must've gotten into Toby's PED stash.

    — Posted by ezme22

    ...or Mustafa's Arboretum stash.

  • The Godfather May 3, 6:54 p.m.

    I would comment but my head hurts too bad from me being slammed in the door hoping for a UNC... View More

    — Posted by jacamoe

    You'd have to be in the lunatic majority of Wolfies to understand. Just think like Mr. Truth or Mr. V4 and you will bang your head in the refer door. My head is not the door stop but my foot has put many a stop to Wolfies being able to sit down, as in a break off.

  • Big Mike May 3, 4:48 p.m.

    See and speak with Hubert at Southpoint now and then..has a great family and great outlook on things..should be a great coach at UNC..WTG HD !

  • heelsforever May 3, 4:23 p.m.

    No great loss to ESPN. The REAL loss would be if Kenny Smith were to leave. The Rocket has been... View More

    — Posted by Indifferent...sometimes

    Kenny works for TNT.

  • evenpar29 May 3, 4:07 p.m.

    I have nothing bad to say about this, although I do wonder why Carolina would hire a guy with... View More

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Big difference between our hire and yours. Ours actually had talent as a player and he comes... View More

    — Posted by TarHeels 23

    LOL

    — Posted by TeenDad2electricboogaloo

    Actually if you Google Mark Gottfried all that comes up is about him at NC State. You actually have to type in the scandal part. So your post is totaly wrong. You should have said google Mark Gottfied Scandal. LOL

    Plus Gottfried has proven he can win even at Weber State and Anthony Grant loves what Gottfried helped build at Alabama. To bad he hasn't kept it going.

    I like Hubert and hope he does well. Now quit being so arrogant its fans like you that give UNC fans a bad name!

  • Indifferent...sometimes May 3, 3:45 p.m.

    No great loss to ESPN. The REAL loss would be if Kenny Smith were to leave. The Rocket has been able to provide unbiased, intelligent analysis for years, unlike Hubert. Thank goodness his TV time is over!

  • Zaknow May 3, 3:42 p.m.

    This is a great hire for UNC! Davis has been a top ESPN analyst for years and was a top player at both the college and professional levels. His game reviews and insight have been a plus for ESPN the past few years.

  • Coach K is still GREAT May 3, 3:29 p.m.

    Godfather, Davis being named as an assistant is great news for us wolfies. That means we don't... View More

    — Posted by early exit Roy

    What an ignorant statement. I and 99% of ESPN listeners always respected his unbias reporting... View More

    — Posted by Tarheel born

    Is that like Weber State?

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