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Charlie Scott

Charlie Scott
No. 33, 11
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1948-12-15) December 15, 1948
New York City, New York
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Laurinburg Institute
(Laurinburg, North Carolina)
College North Carolina (1967–1970)
NBA draft 1970 / Round: 7 / Pick: 106th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 1970–1980
Career history
19701972 Virginia Squires
19711975 Phoenix Suns
19751977 Boston Celtics
1977–1978 Los Angeles Lakers
19781980 Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points 14,837 (20.7 ppg)
Rebounds 2,846 (4.0 rpg)
Assists 3,515 (4.9 apg)
Stats at

Charles Thomas Scott (born December 15, 1948) is an American former professional basketball player. He played two seasons in the now-defunct American Basketball Association (ABA) and eight seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA).


  • Early life 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Charlie Scott grew up primarily in Harlem, New York.[1] A 6'5" (1.96 m) guard/forward, Scott attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City for one year before transferring to Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg, North Carolina.[2] He was valedictorian of his high school senior class.[3]

College career

Scott played college basketball at the University of North Carolina, where he was the first black scholarship athlete. Scott averaged 22.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game at UNC, and a career-best 27.1 points per game in his senior season.[4] He was a two-time All-American and a three-time all-ACC selection.[5] Scott led the Tar Heels to their second and third consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances in 1968 and 1969.[6]

He was the first 'African American' to join a fraternity at the University of North Carolina, St. Anthony Hall, in 1967.[7] Scott was a gold medalist at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Professional career

Scott was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1970 but he had already signed a contract with the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Scott was named ABA Rookie of the Year after averaging 27.1 points per game. During his second season with the Squires, he set the ABA record for highest scoring average in one season (34.6 points per game). However, he became dissatisfied with life in the ABA and joined the NBA's Phoenix Suns in 1972. At that point, he briefly went by the name Shaheed Abdul-Aleem.[8]

Scott continued his stellar play in the NBA, representing the Suns in three straight NBA All-Star Games (1973, 1974, and 1975), then returned to the Celtics for the 1975-76 NBA season where he won a championship ring. Scott later played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets. He retired in 1980 with 14,837 combined ABA/NBA career points.

Personal life

Scott and his wife, Trudy, have three children -- sons Shaun and Shannon and daughter Simone -- and have lived primarily in Atlanta and Los Angeles.[9] They currently live in Columbus, Ohio, where son Shannon plays for the Ohio State Buckeyes.[10][11]

After retiring from the NBA, Scott served as a marketing director for the sports apparel company Champion for several years, then as executive vice president of CTS, a telemarketing firm,[12] before owning his own business.[13]


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  2. ^ McClellan, Michael D. (2005-05-11). "PRODIGAL SUN - The Charlie Scott interview". Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
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  8. ^ "Athletes search for inner peace through religions and mind sciences"
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External links

  • Career stats @
  • Charlie Scott @ Remember the ABA
  • Charles Scott @ UNC
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