Profound Sadness and Shock
The Carolina Athletics community and the University are devastated by the untimely death of Eric Montross, a beloved former student-athlete. The loss of Montross, known for his contributions both on and off the basketball court, has left the entire community stunned.
A Man of Great Impact
Eric Montross was not just a great basketball player and accomplished student, but also a man who made a lasting impact on the community. His influence went far beyond the court, as he was a man of faith, a devoted father, husband, and son. Montross was also a prominent ambassador for the University and Chapel Hill.
Contributions to Scholarships and Cancer Research
In addition to his athletic success, Montross played a vital role in securing scholarships for student-athletes through his involvement with the Rams Club. As a color analyst for the Tar Heel Sports Network, he provided UNC fans with valuable perspective, heartfelt commentary, and a touch of humor. Moreover, Montross became a dedicated supporter of the Lineberger Center during his college years and continued to be a leader in the fight against cancer throughout his life.
An Irreplaceable Loss
The entire community extends their deepest condolences to Laura, Montross’ children, family, colleagues, and friends. The impact Montross had on the lives of those who loved him is immeasurable.
A Stellar Basketball Career
Before committing to play for the Tar Heels, Montross earned the distinction of being a McDonald’s All-American in 1990. He went on to achieve numerous accolades during his time at UNC, including being named First-Team All-ACC in 1993 and Second-Team All-ACC in 1994. Montross was also recognized as a Second-Team All-American in both 1993 and 1994.
One of Montross’ most memorable achievements was helping North Carolina secure a national championship victory over the formidable “Fab Five” Michigan team in 1993. After the 1993-94 season, he turned professional and was chosen as the No. 9 overall pick in the 1994 draft by the . Montross made an immediate impact in the NBA, earning a spot on the All-Rookie Second Team.
Over the course of his NBA career, which spanned from 1994 to 2002, Montross played for several teams including the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Pistons once again. He concluded his playing career with averages of 4.5 points and 4.6 rebounds in 465 games.
A Lasting Legacy
In his post-playing career, Montross transitioned into a role as a color commentator for the Tar Heel Sports Network, where he continued to make a significant impact on the UNC community.
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