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52-year-old Eric Montross, a Lawrence North basketball star and NCAA champion, passes away



Indianapolis, Indiana – The late Eric Montross was a standout basketball player from Indiana High School who later won an NCAA title at North Carolina.

His passing was verified by the University of North Carolina on Monday through a social media post.

According to the post, Montross, who received a cancer diagnosis earlier this year, died on Sunday afternoon at his North Carolina home while surrounded by his loved ones.

Along with Lawrence North, Montross won an IHSAA basketball championship in 1989 and was selected as a McDonald’s All-American.

After that, he played collegiate basketball in North Carolina, where he was the 1993 NCAA champion.

Montross played eight years in the NBA after being selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the draft.

Earlier this year, he was admitted to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

In a statement released by the university, Montross’ family said they are “grateful for the tremendous support and the truly overwhelming love expressed by so many people as he battled cancer with his signature determination and grace.”









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