About Walter P. Davis
Celebrity Host of the Banks Foundation Golf Tournament
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.
Walter was drafted by the Phoenix Suns as the 5th overall pick in the 1977 NBA draft. Averaging 24.2 points per game, he became NBA Rookie of the Year in 1977. He was an NBA All-Star 6 times in his first 10 seasons.
He played 15 years in the NBA (1977-1992) for Phoenix, Denver and Portland. His nicknames included “The Greyhound,” “Sweet D,” “The Candyman,” and “The Man with the Velvet Touch.”