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Carter To Be Inducted Into Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

Carter To Be Inducted Into Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

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Former St. Bonaventure men's basketball standout George Carter will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame this fall as announced in a press conference held at the First Niagara Center Wednesday afternoon.

Carter, a 1967 St. Bonaventure graduate, is part of a 14-member class which will be officially introduced in October or November (date to be announced) at the GBSHOF dinner at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency.

One of the greatest basketball talents to ever emerge from Western New York, Carter's credentials for the GBSHOF are confirmed with this simple, but comprehensive statement: "The only athlete born in Western New York, who was a multi-sport All-Western New York selection, starred at a local college, had a lengthy professional career and was drafted by three major professional sports teams."

Carter initially made his mark as a multi-sport standout at Silver Creek High School in the early '60s. He was a two-time All-WNY selection in basketball, earned similar recognition for one season of football and was the section's top 100-yard sprinter. Because of his prowess on the basketball court, The Buffalo News placed him on its All-Time Second Team and its All-1960's First Team.

He took his talents down the road to St. Bona where he would lead the Bonnies in scoring for two years and in rebounding for three seasons. The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 19.4 points and 12.4 rebounds over that time and still ranks 22nd in career points with 1,322 and fifth in total boards with 849. His career rebounding average is second only to Bob Lanier. Carter was inducted into the St. Bonaventure Hall of Fame in 1974.

Upon graduation, Carter was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the 81st pick in the 1967 draft. He was also selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 13th round and by the New York Mets in the 52nd round (874th overall).

Carter's professional basketball career was spent on many fronts. Although drafted by the Pistons, he played only one game before serving a two-year military commitment. When he returned, Carter went directly to the ABA where he became an all-star and played alongside some of the great players in pro basketball history.

During his seven seasons in the league with eight different franchises, "Dirty Dingus" as he was called, averaged more than 18 points and nearly seven rebounds in 478 games. Known for his short-range jumper and lightning-quick first step along the baseline, the explosive Carter was second in scoring to Charlie Scott for the 1971-72 Virginia Squires and played alongside Julius Erving ("Dr. J") for one season.

He continued his pro career in France for a short time after the demise of the ABA and was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.