Honoring a Tar Heel Great

Eric Montross sits in the Dean E. Smith Center

A devoted Tar Heel family has endowed a scholarship for the Carolina Basketball center position in honor of former All-America and national champion Eric Montross ’94, UNC Athletics and The Rams Club has announced.

The gift will fund The Eric Montross Center Endowment, which recognizes the long history and tradition of excellence and achievement at the position and will provide a scholarship to a Tar Heel center each school year.

This is the third men’s basketball position to be endowed. In 2019, Tommy Kearns, the point guard on the 1957 NCAA champions, provided the funds to endow his former position. Last year, the Wilkins Family Power Forward Position Scholarship was also established. This year’s scholarship recipients are RJ Davis (Kearns) and Brady Manek (Wilkins).

Montross is currently a senior major gifts director at the Rams Club and in his 17th season as analyst on the Tar Heel Sports Network.

“Having this scholarship endowed in my name is a great honor,” says Montross. “When I arrived on campus in the fall of 1990, I knew relatively little about the tradition that preceded me; only that Coach Smith and the University of North Carolina were giving me an opportunity to be a part of something bigger than myself. Today, I recognize that the lessons learned in the classroom and on the court during my four years at Carolina crafted the trajectory of my life.”

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