Charlie Scott Inducted in 1995

Player Inducted in 1995
Charlie Scott Charlie Scott, Inducted into the NYC Hall of Fame in 1995
Photo credit: (NBA, Boston Celtics)
Charles Thomas Scott, was born in New York City and grew up in Harlem, New York. Scott attended Stuyvesant High School in NY for one year before transferring to Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg, North Carolina.  The Rucker Park legend was valedictorian of his high school senior class. 

After a summer at a basketball program at Davidson College with coach Lefty Driesell. Driesell recruited Scott and he was accepted for early admission at Davidson. Scott also explored Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University at the suggestion of his coach at Laurinburg. He ultimately accepted the offer to play at UNC because he felt that, as a larger public university, it would be more open to a black player "breaking the color barrier". Scott was the first black scholarship athlete at UNC. Scott where he averaged 22.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and a career-best 27.1 points per game in his senior season. He was a two-time All-American and a three-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. Scott led UNC to their second and third consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances in 1968 and 1969. Scott was a gold medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics playing for the 1968 United States men's Olympic basketball team. Scott was the fourth leading scorer on the team (8.0) coached by Henry Iba.

Professionally he was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1970 but he had already signed a contract with the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association (ABA). He go on to play for Virginia Squires (1970-1972), Phoenix Suns (1972-1975), Boston Celtics (1975-1977), Los Angles Lakers (1977-1978), and the Denver Nuggets (1978-1980).

Career highlights NBA champion (1976), 3× NBA All-Star (1973–1975), 2× ABA All-Star (1971, 1972), All-ABA First Team (1971), All-ABA Second Team (1972), ABA Rookie of the Year (1971), ABA All-Rookie First Team (1971), ABA All-Time Team, 2× Consensus second-team All-American (1969, 1970), ACC Athlete of the Year (1970), and 3× First-team All-ACC (1968–1970).