Big Four and More: Hubert Davis trusts in wisdom of Dean Smith

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North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis shown during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Atlanta.
North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis shown during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia Tech Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, in Atlanta.

As Hubert Davis navigates this new experience as North Carolina’s first-year coach and confronts the challenges that emerge along the course of a college basketball season, Dean Smith’s timeless wisdom never is far beneath the surface.

Davis has developed his own catchphrases and quickly referenced guiding principles through the Tar Heels’ first 15 games, often using “the preparation, the process and the practice” while preaching for continual improvement, and hammering away at “energy, effort and toughness” in demanding those qualities to be essential for his team.

And while he regularly borrows from mentor Roy Williams, the legend now retired after 18 years in charge at North Carolina, Davis also dips into the book of Smith, the icon whose teachings form the foundation of the Tar Heels program.

— Adam Smith

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This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: College sports news from across North Carolina

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