July 16, 2024

NBA

Montross began on Dean Smith’s second NCAA championship group in 1993 earlier than being the No. 9 total decide by the Boston Celtics a yr later and enjoying within the NBA till 2002.

On this April 5, 1993, photograph, North Carolina’s Eric Montross (00) raises his arm as he celebrates a win in opposition to Michigan within the NCAA Last 4 championship sport in New Orleans. Bob Jordan / AP, File

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Eric Montross, a former North Carolina and NBA huge man, has died after a most cancers battle, his household mentioned. He was 52.

The varsity launched the household’s announcement Monday morning, saying Montross died Sunday surrounded by family members at his Chapel Hill dwelling. He had been identified with most cancers in March, resulting in him stepping away from his duties as a radio analyst for UNC sport broadcasts.

“To know Eric was to be his buddy, and the household is aware of that the ripples from the beneficiant, considerate method that he lived his life will proceed within the lives of the many individuals he touched together with his deep and honest kindness,” the announcement mentioned.

Montross performed for the Tar Heels below Dean Smith from 1990-94 and was a two-time Related Press second-team All-American. He began on Smith’s second NCAA championship group in 1993 earlier than being the No. 9 total decide by the Boston Celtics a yr later and enjoying within the NBA till 2002.

Along with his broadcast duties, he labored as senior main items director on the Rams Membership, the fundraising arm of UNC’s athletics division. He was additionally recognized for charitable efforts, reminiscent of serving to launch a father-child basketball camp for Father’s Day weekend to assist the UNC Youngsters’s Hospital.

“Eric was a fantastic participant and completed pupil, however the impacts he made on our neighborhood went method past the basketball courtroom,” the varsity mentioned in its personal assertion. “He was a person of religion, an incredible father, husband and son, and one of the vital recognizable ambassadors of the College and Chapel Hill.”

The household introduced Montross’ sickness when he was identified, however didn’t specify the character of the most cancers.