North Carolina great Eric Montross diagnosed with cancer

Eric Montross, a former national champion with North Carolina and first-round NBA draft pick, has been diagnosed with cancer, the Montross family announced Saturday on the Tar Heels team Twitter account.Montross, 51, is beginning treatment at UNC Lineberger Center in North Carolina.”Our family is of course deeply concerned, but we have spent nearly three decades in the fight against children’s cancer and know well the incredible advancements that are being made in oncology treatments, as well as the power of love, prayer, support and positivity,” the family said in a statement on Twitter. “We are all touched by the responses our entire family has received since the news became public.”Your support is more than appreciated; it is welcomed as a necessary part of beating cancer one day at a time. Our family is dealing with Eric’s diagnosis head-on — the only way we know how. And we are all in this fight together.”Montross has been a radio analyst on UNC men’s basketball games since 2015.The 7-foot native of Indianapolis spent four seasons playing for legendary head coach Dean Smith from 1990-94 and was a key member of the 1993 national championship squad.