Ron Carter (basketball)

Ronald Carter Jr. (born August 31, 1956) is a retired American basketballshooting guard. He played college basketball at the Virginia Military Institute.

American basketball player
Ron Carter

Carter in 2019
Personal information
Born (1956-08-31) August 31, 1956 (age 65)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Perry Traditional Academy
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
College VMI (1974–1978)
NBA draft 1978 / Round: 2 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career 1978–1980
Position Shooting guard
Number 15, 13
Career history
1978–1979 Los Angeles Lakers
1980 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats  at NBA.com
Stats  at Basketball-Reference.com

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Carter attended Perry Traditional Academy. He accepted a basketball scholarship from the Virginia Military Institute. He contributed to the school winning two Southern Conference championships (1975–76 and 1976–77). In the NCAA Basketball Tournament, he led his team to the Elite Eight (1976) and the Sweet 16 (1977).

As a senior, he set school records with 45 points scored in a single-game (against Long Beach State College), 19 free throws made in a single-game (against Siena College), and an average of 26.3 points per contest during the season. He averaged 19.2 points (third in school history), 6.9 rebounds per game and had sixty 20+ scoring games (school record) during his career.[1]

He was a three-time All-SoCon and All-tournament selection. He was a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and the SoCon tournament’s Most Outstanding Player (1976). He finished his college career as the tenth-highest scorer in conference history (2,228 points).

Carter was the first athlete in school history to have his jersey retired (#13).[2] In 1989, he was inducted into the VMI Sports Hall of Fame. He was named to the Southern Conference‘s 75th Anniversary third-team Men’s Basketball Team. In 2018, he was inducted into the Southern Conference Hall of Fame.[3]

Carter was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2nd round (26th pick overall) of the 1978 NBA Draft, becoming the first Virginia Military Institute player to be drafted and to play in the league. He appeared in 46 games under head coach Jerry West. He averaged 3.1 points per game and was waived on October 4, 1979.[4]

On November 15, 1979, he signed as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers.[5] He played in 13 games and averaged 2.5 points. He was cut on December 5. On February 15, 1980, he was re-signed as a free agent by the Indiana Pacers.[6] He was released on February 25.

On September 15, 1983, he attempted a comeback and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.[7] He was released on October 24.[8]

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