Eric Scott Montross (born September 23, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Indianapolis he played for Lawrence North High School before enrolling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to play for the Tar Heels.
Montross in 2019
|Born||September 23, 1971|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school||Lawrence North|
|College||North Carolina (1990–1994)|
|NBA draft||1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|1997||New Jersey Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,071 (4.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,159 (4.6 rpg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Playing for Lawrence North High School, he was selected as a McDonald's All American in 1990. That same year, he was named to the USA Today All-USA first Team. After leading Lawrence North to the Indiana high school basketball championship Montross committed himself to the North Carolina.
Montross was also a baseball pitcher in high school and was drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the 1547th pick overall in the 1994 MLB draft.
He was part of the UNC team that won the NCAA Championship against Michigan in 1993 and was named an All-American as a junior and senior. Montross' father and grandfather had played for Michigan. His father Scott was a teammate of Cazzie Russell in the 1960s and his maternal grandfather John Townsend was an All-American in the 1930s. In 4 seasons at UNC, Montross appeared in 139 games, averaging 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Montross was selected by the Boston Celtics with the ninth overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft. During his first year in the NBA, he averaged 10 points per game, and was selected to the 1995 Rookie All-Star Game and named to the NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team. However, Montross would never again reach this level of production. The Celtics came under fire for selecting Montross over players such as Eddie Jones, Jalen Rose, and Aaron McKie. During his career in the NBA, Montross played with the Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, and the Toronto Raptors. Montross announced his retirement on August 26, 2003, due to a foot injury and was waived by the Raptors in February, 2004. During his career, Montross averaged 4.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.6 blocks and 0.4 assists per game. He played in 465 games and started 288.
|1996–97||Dallas Mavericks/New Jersey Nets||78||77||23.5||.456||-||.339||6.6||0.8||0.3||0.9||4.3|
|1997–98||Philadelphia 76ers/Detroit Pistons||48||30||14.4||.424||-||.400||4.1||0.2||0.3||0.6||2.9|
|2000–01||Detroit Pistons/Toronto Raptors||54||21||12.0||.406||-||.258||3.2||0.4||0.2||0.5||2.2|
Montross is now a color commentator on the Tar Heel Sports Network men's basketball broadcasts, having worked the position after former color analyst Mick Mixon left to become the play-by-play voice of the Carolina Panthers.
With the Pan-American Health Organization, Montross co-founded an organization called Vaccine Ambassadors, which aims to distribute vaccines all over the world, especially to developing countries, and help children.
In 1994, he started the Eric Montross Fathers Day Basketball Camp. The camp has raised over one million dollars for the UNC Children's hospital.
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- "Raptors sign Pargo, place Baxter on injured list and waive Montross". Real GM. February 25, 2004. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
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- Rzeppa, Brian (June 17, 2013). "Inside The League (4): A TLN Exclusive Interview With Former Celtics Top Pick Eric Montross". The League News. Archived from the original on July 4, 2013. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
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