Fast Facts

  • Started his college basketball career at the age of 16.
  • Named first-team All-ACC twice at North Carolina, where he teamed with Michael Jordan. Also named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team.
  • Selected first overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • Wore No. 43 both in high school and in the NBA in honor of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, whom Daugherty met at Daytona International Speedway as a youngster. The jersey number was retired by the Cavaliers in 1997.
  • In 1987, he co-founded a racing team that went on to garner a 1989 NASCAR Busch Series win by Robert Pressley.
  • Inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.
  • Held the Cavaliers' all-time scoring record (10,389) from his final game in 1994 until 2008, when LeBron James soared past the mark in only his fifth season. Daugherty also held the team's all-time rebounding mark (5227) until 2008, when Zydrunas Ilgauskas surpassed it.


  • Heidi Rost Daugherty — Wife


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (1986, BA in Mass Communication)


  • Birth Place: Black Mountain, NC
  • Profession: NASCAR analyst, Former NBA player