CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Episode 3 of the Emmy Award-nominated ACC Network syndicated series, “ACC Basketball: Havoline Kings of the Court,” will begin airing this weekend and throughout the month of March. Hosted by former University of Virginia star and 8-year NBA guard, Cory Alexander, the series is syndicated throughout the ACC Network in 84 television markets.
The final show of 2014 spotlights former NC State All-American David Thompson. The forward from Boiling Spring outside Shelby, N.C. transitioned from humble beginnings to a local folk hero at Crest Senior High School to the greatest college basketball player in ACC history.
During his time at NC State, Thompson led the Wolfpack to an undefeated season (27-0) in 1973 and a national championship in 1974 (30-1), beating seven-time reigning national champion UCLA Bruins in the semifinals. He was named the ACC Player of the Year three straight years, and the AP National Player of the Year in 1974 and 1975.
He was the #1 draft pick in both the ABA and NBA, eventually signing with the ABA Denver Nuggets. He stayed with the Nuggets after the NBA-ABA merger before playing for the Seatlle Supersonics. He was an All-ABA and All-NBA selection five times. But substance abuse took a toll on his professional and personal life. After putting his life back in order, Thompson now devotes his time mentoring the younger generation, including aspiring basketball players, about taking the right path.
Hear from his high school coach about how Thompson’s career began, and from college teammate and fellow NC State legend Tommy Burleson, and ACC Network commentators Mike Gminski and Dan Bonner about his impact on the college game.
Then spend time with this ACC great as he talks about his exploits at NC State, including the national championship and beating UCLA, and the concussion he suffered after jumping over a teammate to block a shot against Pitt and falling to the floor. Thompson also speaks candidly about his struggle with addiction and the effect it took on his pro career.
Nominated for the prestigious Emmy Award for Best Sports Series in each of its first two seasons, “Havoline Kings of the Court” is dedicated to spotlighting the continued tradition of excellence that is Atlantic Coast Conference basketball. The series, three monthly half-hour shows, goes beyond the game to tell the unique story of a player or coach, and how they made a name for themselves in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
For complete information on “ACC Basketball: Havoline Kings of the Court,” including airdates and times, station affiliates and platforms, visit theACC.com/kings.
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