Hubert Ira Davis Jr. (born May 17, 1970) is an American college basketball coach. He is the head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team. Prior to beginning his coaching career, Davis played in the NBA from 1988 to 1992 for North Carolina and the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons as well as the National Basketball Association (NBA). New Jersey Nets from 1992 to 2004. He is the son of another former Tar Heel and NBA player Walter Davis.
Davis was an assistant coach with the Tar Heels from 2012 until his appointment as head coach in 2021 following the retirement of Roy Williams. Roy Williams.
Education and early life
Davis was a student at Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, averaging 28.0 points per game in his senior year. He was in the same high school that was home to future Tar Heel women’s football great and Olympic medalist Mia Hamm. He then attended the University of North Carolina. The University of North Carolina, where he holds the record for having the highest three-point percentage of his career in school history. In his junior year, Davis was instrumental in guiding his team to its first Last Four appearance since winning the national championship in 1982. Davis graduated with an education in criminal justice in 1992, averaging 21.4 points per game during his final season. ,
At the time of the 1992 NBA Draft, the New York Knicks selected Davis as the 20th pick. Davis made a free throw after Hugh Hollins ruled a controversial foul over Scottie Pippen in the fifth game of the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinal against the Chicago Bulls, giving the Knicks an 87–86 win.
Davis was with New York for four seasons before the 1996–97 season moved to the Toronto Raptors with Toronto. After Toronto, Davis spent time playing for the Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards, Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets. Davis played his last NBA game in 2004, and ended his career with an average of 8.2 rebounds per game, plus 1.7 assists per game. Davis’s NBA 3-point shot percentage of 44.1 percent puts him just behind Steve Kerr.
Davis during the ESPN College Gameday broadcast in 2008
Following his playing profession, Davis began working for ESPN as an analyst for college basketball during the 2007/2008 season. While at ESPN, he worked as an analyst in the studio helping to cover broadcasts of the college basketball season. He also served as an expert panelist on College Gameday. He was fired by ESPN after the 2011–2012 season for giving the team a chance to return to Chapel Hill as an assistant coach.
North Carolina Assistant Coach
Prior to the 2012–2013 basketball campaign, Davis was appointed by UNC head coach Roy Williams as an assistant coach. Davis was appointed as the assistant coach. Davis was also the head coach of the UNC junior varsity basketball team which is one of the few junior varsity teams still in college basketball. Junior varsity teams at UNC have been a tradition for the past few years, with many former players from the joint venture program now running on the team’s varsity.
The Davis Tar Heels were on the bench during his part in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, which ended in a 71-65 win against Gonzaga in Gonzaga’s National Championship game.
North Carolina head coach
In the event that Roy Williams retired on April 1, 2021, the search for who would be the new head coach of Carolina Basketball began. A few days later on April 5, Davis was announced as the 19th head coach in the program’s history, and also the first African-American to lead the team. Even though Davis was never a director to any degree, Williams was grooming Davis for the head coach job as Dean Smith coached Williams during his time on his UNC bench as an assistant coach from 1978 to 1988. as advised.
Davis scored his first win on day one in his first game as head coach of the Tar Heels. In the first game, Davis’ Tar Heels defeated Loyola (MD) 83–67 at home at the Dean Smith Center to start the season. On February 6, 21, 20, 2022, Davis’ Tar Heels beat Louisville to register their 20th win of the season. With this win, Davis was the fourth ACC director in the past 25 years to be able to claim a total of twenty games in his first season. Previous Tar Heels coach Matt Doherty (2000–01) is a three other coach with Bill Guthridge (1997–98) winning between 26 and 34 games in his inaugural season. Davis’ Tar Heels finished the 23–8 regular season with a 94–81 win against Duke in Mike Krzyzewski’s last match at their home at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Davis had the Tar Heels team as head coach in the inaugural ACC Tournament-1 team. The team also secured eight places (East Zone) for the 2022 NCAA Tournament. After a 95–63 win over 9 seed Marquette in the opening round and then the Tar Heels upset the East first seed and the Baylor Bears in the second round. It was a close game as the Tar Heels defeated the Bears 93–86, despite losing a 25-point lead in the second quarter. The win earned Davis his first Sweet 16 spot as head coach and the school’s record 30th overall, the most of any team in Division I history. After a 73–66 win over the four-seeded UCLA Bruins in the Sweet Sixteen, Davis and his Tar Heels entered the Elite Eight and beat St. Peters Peacock 69–49 to advance to the Final Four. In a semi-final national semifinal match against rival Duke, they would beat the Blue Devils 81–77 in the final game of Tar Heels coach Mike Krzyzewski. In the Tar Heels, Davis went into the Final Four in the role of assistant coach (2016 and 2017), as a starter (1991) and then as team director (2022).
Davis has three daughters with his partner Leslie: Eliza, Bobby Grace, and Micah. For the year 2021-22, Eliza plays college basketball for Lynchburg University. 9. At the press conference that announced his appointment as UNC basketball coach, when asked about being one of the first African-Americans to become a UNC head coach, Davis caused public debate in which he Said he is proud to be an African American, but happy that his wife is white. 10. Davis is an ardent Christian.