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Patrick Ewing’s Former Knicks Teammate Hired by North Carolina

New York Knicks guard Hubert Davis (L) and center Photo credit should read KIMBERLY BARTH/AFP via Getty Images

The North Carolina Tar Heels made a hire for head coach today and they chose a New York Knicks teammate of Patrick Ewing, head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas.

From 1992 until 1996 Ewing and Hubert Davis both played for the Knicks. The Knicks selected Davis with the 20th pick in 1992, while Patrick Ewing was the first pick in the 1985 draft. The 1993-94 Knicks won the Eastern Conference Finals.

‘93-’94 Knicks from Basketball-reference.com

Prior UNC coach and part-time clothing model for traveling evangelical ministers, Roy Williams, was best known for meeting legendary Georgetown coach John Thompson, Jr. once or twice:

“Many years ago I’m sitting between Dean Smith and John Thompson [Jr.] in the front row at a gym,” Williams told The Sports Junkies Thursday. “[Thompson] said, alright you little blankity blank, if the ball starts coming over here toward me and coach Smith, it’s your responsibility to stop it. If a player comes over here diving it’s your responsibility to get in front of us, we get hurt it’s your fault” ...

“So the last couple of years I’ve sort of graduated into that level and I’ll be standing or sitting beside a young coach and I’ll say ‘This is the John Thompson rule. It is your responsibility to stop any ball or any player coming over here and putting us in danger,’” Williams said.

Of course, Dean Smith is known as a good friend of Thompson’s.

Davis is the first African American to lead UNC’s men’s basketball program.

It seems like just the other day that Hubert Davis was just a guy on ESPN, but apparently his many, many years of experience in the college game will help him over guys who were NBA coaches and were more accomplished in their playing days.

Maybe Patrick Ewing can offer to mentor Hubert Davis?