Hubert Davis reflects on passing of his uncle and UNC great Walter Davis
Hubert Davis took some time to reflect on the passing of his uncle (and former North Carolina great) Walter Davis in his postgame press conference on Monday night.
Davis passed away of natural causes at the age of 69 last week. He was a two-time All-ACC honoree for the Tar Heels and helped lead the team to the 1977 national championship game.
After Carolina’s season-opening win on Monday night, the UNC coach spoke about how his uncle impacted his journey.
“I’m 53 years old and uncle Walt has been in my life for 53 years,” Davis said. “I told the team that the reason that I’m here is because of uncle Walt. I don’t get a scholarship, I don’t get a chance to go here without uncle Walt being here.
“So because of that, everything significant in my life has happened here because of uncle Walt.”
Davis said he also took the opportunity to remind his team of the gift they’ve been given at North Carolina.
“I said, you know, ‘Uncle Walt has given me a number of gifts and that was one of the gifts that he’s given me, but you guys have been given a gift as well,'” Davis said. “You guys have been given the gift of still being able to play. Play with this uniform on. Run out of that tunnel and play on that floor and play together as a team. So what are you going to do with this gift?”
Here’s video of Davis’ comments on his uncle Walt from Monday night:
Hubert Davis got understandably emotional speaking about the passing of his uncle Walter Davis who was honored at UNC's opener tonight. "Everything significant in my life has happened here because of Uncle Walt." #UNC Full post game coverage here https://t.co/1apMLdSxMy pic.twitter.com/sHg5jEMBAn
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Carolina will face Lehigh on Sunday.