North Carolina Hires Hubert Davis to Succeed Roy Williams as Head Coach
North Carolina has found its Roy Williams successor.
According to The News and Observer, the Tar Heels are set to hire longtime North Carolina player and coach Hubert Davis to replace Williams, who retired following UNC's loss to Wisconsin.
Davis played under Dean Smith from 1988-92, and has been an assistant on the North Carolina staff for the past nine seasons.
Davis was our second favorite choice to be Williams' replacement.
Before joining the North Carolina coaching staff in 2012, Davis played 12 seasons in the NBA, worked as a player development coach with the Dallas Mavericks and served as an ESPN College Basketball analyst.
The competition was predictably fierce for the position, with UNC Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham reportedly interviewing at least eight separate candidates. Davis emerged as a potential frontrunner Saturday when Andy Katz reported Kenny "The Jet" Smith was providing insight on who to hire.
UNC has sought out insight from @TheJetOnTNT on replacing Roy Williams. Smith also could be a candidate. Frontrunner appears to be assistant Hubert Davis but AD Bubba Cunningham is doing due diligence with all @UNC_Basketball possible candidates as well as outside UNC’s family.— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) April 3, 2021
Replacing Williams, who has three NCAA Championship rings, will be no easy task, but the powers that be clearly believe Davis is the right man for the job.
Davis scored 1,615 points over his UNC career and holds the school record for career three-point percentage at .435. This will be Davis' first stint as a head coach.
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