Collegiate Host: NC Central University
North Carolina Central University was founded in 1909 as the National Religious Training School and Chautauqua by Dr. James Edward Shepard. It became the first public liberal arts institution for African Americans in the nation. The University is now a master’s comprehensive institution that offers bachelors and master’s degrees, a Juris Doctor, and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences to a diverse student population.
Featured Celebrity Host: Phil Ford
Phil Ford is a retired professional basketball player. He graduated from Rocky Mount Senior High School in 1974 before attending the University of North Carolina and was selected by the Kansas City Kings with the 2nd overall pick of the 1979 NBA Draft. In addition to the Kings, he played with three other NBA teams, the New Jersey Nets, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Houston Rockets. Ford was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May 1991. On December 18, 2008, Tyler Hansbrough surpassed Ford’s total making Phil the number 2 scorer in Carolina history.
Walter P. Davis was born September 9, 1954 in Pineville, North Carolina. At 6’6” tall, Walter played forward for Dean Smith’s UNC Tar Heels from 1973 until 1977. He was a college All American and a member of the 1976 US Olympic Team, which won the gold medal in Montreal, Canada. He played 15 years in the NBA (1977-1992) for Phoenix, Denver and Portland.
A 1996 Graduate of NCCU, LeVelle Moton was the school’s third all-time leading scorer with 1,714 points during his historic hardwood career as an Eagle. After NCCU, Moton played four years of professional basketball in Indonesia and Israel. He initially returned to his alma mater as Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach in July 2007. In 2009, LeVelle was elevated from Assistant Coach to the position of Head Coach.