Former University of North Carolina Center Eric Montross was recently diagnosed with cancer and is beginning treatment at UNC Lineberger Cancer Center, his family announced Saturday.
A 7-footer from Indianapolis, Montross played for Tar Heels from 1990 to 1994 and is currently a color analyst for Tar Heels Sports Network during men’s basketball broadcasts. A statement released by his family, including his wife Laura and children Andrew and Sarah Montross, said:
“Our family is of course deeply concerned, but we have spent nearly 30 years battling childhood cancer and have seen incredible progress in oncology care and love, prayers, support and positivity. We are all very touched by the response our families have received since this news was published. Our family is tackling Eric’s diagnosis head-on — the only way we know how. I am participating in the battle.”
Montross, 51, and his wife established Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp to benefit UNC Children’s Hospital. He is also Senior Director of Principal Gifts for Ram’s Club.
Montross was the starting center for Carolina’s 1993 national championship team. He was drafted ninth overall in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics and played eight seasons in the league. He returned to Chapel Hill in his 2003 season and the 2005-06 season he joined the broadcast team.