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Dwight Clark, one of Charlotte's greatest pro athletes, has died

Dwight Clark, who starred at Charlotte’s Garinger High before scoring an iconic touchdown immortalized as “The Catch” for the San Francisco 49ers, died Monday of complications from ALS. He was 61. Along with Steph Curry, Bobby Jones, Jim Beatty, and Walter Davis, Clark ranks as one of the most famous former Charlotte high school athletes to ever make it really big.

A Case For The Naismith Hall Of Fame: Walter Davis

Incredibly, Walter Davis didn’t make any All-America teams while at UNC, though he was All-ACC a couple of times. He averaged 15, 7 points per contest in 119 games as a Tar Heel, and in four seasons never averaged less than 14.3 or more than 16.6. He was the model of consistency. He was a key component to UNC’s 1977 run to the national title game.

UNC-Lipscomb Postgame Notes

UNC improved to 26-10 and advanced to play Texas A&M Sunday in the second round of the West Region. Joel Berry moved passed Michael Jordan into 13th place on the Tar Heels' career scoring list. Berry has scored 1,792 points at UNC. Berry grabbed his 400th career rebound to join Walter Davis as the only Tar Heels with 1,700 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists.

How UNC alum Chris Blue became Chapel Hill's police chief

I try to get out to Franklin Street at least once a week. Often, I am transported back to my time as a UNC undergraduate, a young person trying to find a path, wondering what the world holds and my place in it. I entered UNC as a freshman in 1986. I had grown up with pictures of Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Mike O’Koren and Rich “Chickie” Yonakor on the walls of my room.

1976 USA Basketball Team Included Four UNC Players, Was Coached by Dean Smith

Deab Smith’s assistants for the 1976 USA Basketball Team were Bill Guthridge, who later went on to replace Smith at UNC and John Thompson. Smith and Thompson faced each other in the 1982 NCAA National Championship....Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Tommy LaGarde and Mitch Kupchak played for Smith at UNC.

A look back at 1976 UNC basketball

Dean Smith was the U.S. Olympic basketball coach and four of his players - Walter Davis, Phil Ford, Tommy LaGarde, and Mitch Kupchak - made the squad. Bill Guthridge was one of Smith's assistants. Kupchak and Ford both scored in double figures in delivering the gold back to the U.S., and Davis and LaGarde handled important roles. They legitimately made the squad, which is why the late struggles of the '76 Tar Heels remains so frustrating 39 years later.

Q&A: Roy Williams On Dean Smith

In July 2011, Tar Heel Monthly published a special Dean Smith commemorative edition. This interview was conducted exclusively for that issue. Roy Williams: "I still remember the story about the first time Coach (Smith) saw Walter Davis. Coach drove up in a Carolina blue Cadillac, and Walter mentioned how much that impressed him. To this day, I get a luxury rental car when I’m recruiting whenever it’s possible."

Some 30 years removed from rookie season, Michael Jordan now plays a different game

As part of UNC tradition, each summer former Tar Heel players return to campus and compete against the current crop of college kids for a training camp tune-up. One summer in particular, Walter Davis and Phil Ford, then established NBA players, experienced the surprise of their life. Both Davis and Ford had the pleasure of guarding a 17-year old freshman named Michael Jordan.

March 5, 1977: UNC Defeats Virginia to Win ACC Championship

The Tar Heels showed up with Walter Davis in uniform but the Olympian from Pineville was forced to the bench with an injury to the index finger on his shooting hand, the injury he received in the win over N.C. State. It was only Saturday morning that officials discovered the finger was broken. Davis, with the finger taped to his middle finger, made his entrance with 15:48 left and Virginia holding a 46-43 lead.

Video: 8 Points in 17 Seconds, March 2 1974

March 2, 1974: UNC scores 8 points in the final 17 seconds of regulation against Duke, capped by Walter Davis' 30-foot bank shot from the wing as time expired. The Tar Heels went on to win the game in overtime, 96-92, in one of the most dramatic games in the history of the rivalry.

15 Colleges That Produce The Best NBA Players

1. North Carolina: Home to the greatest NBA player of all-time, Michael Jordan, UNC has been pumping out All-Stars for over 40 years. Before MJ, there was Hall of Famer Billy Cunningham, who had dominant 20-10 years for Philadelphia and St Louis in the 1960s and 70s. Brad Daugherty was a 5-time All-Star. Walter Davis averaged over 18 points per game as a shooting guard.

Ford Corners: A Silver Lining

We won two ACC championships in the Greensboro Coliseum when I played, and the first one was really special because we had to beat N.C. State (the defending national champion) to make the NCAA Tournament. We were a fairly young team, with Brad Hoffman as our only senior starter. I was a freshman, Walter Davis, John Kuester and Tommy LaGarde were sophomores and Mitch Kupchak a junior.

No way Kentucky-Louisville rivalry better than Duke-North Carolina

If you were a television producer putting together a 30-second highlight montage including the top plays and moments in Kentucky-Louisville history, would you have enough to fill it? The games matter more than the hatred between fans or coaches, and the Duke-UNC games deliver more often than not. Want dramatic shots? We refer you to Austin Rivers, Walter Davis, Jeff Capel, Marvin Williams and Chris Duhon, just to name a few.

Extra Points: The Wall

The Giovani Bernard touchdown now takes its spot alongside Connor Barth's field goal to beat Miami, Bracey Walker's blocked punts in the Peach Bowl, Walter Davis's bank shot to edge Duke and Michael Jordan's jump shot versus Georgetown as one of the most electrifying plays in Carolina sports history. Where were you when Gio took it to the house?

Walter Davis Auctioning ’76 Gold Medal

Have you always wanted an Olympic gold medal but don’t have an ounce of athleticism? Here’s your chance to get one. Former Tar Heel standout Walter Davis is auctioning the 1976 Olympic gold medal he won while playing under his college coach, Dean Smith, and alongside Scott May, Adrian Dantley and North Carolina teammate Phil Ford.

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