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Charlie Scott

The first black scholarship athlete at the University.

The first black scholarship athlete at the University.

When Charlie Scott took the floor on December 2, 1967, he became the first African American to play on the varsity basketball team at Carolina and the first black scholarship athlete at the University.

He helped Carolina win ACC regular-season, ACC Tournament and NCAA East Regional titles in 1968 and 1969 and is one of eight Tar Heels to win first-team All-ACC honors three or more times.

In March, 2018, Scott was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 by the veteran’s committee.

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