Vince Carter: Slam Dunk Artist

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Vince Carter is one of the most electrifying young talents in the NBA. Fans and fellow players alike marvel at his gravity-defying moves on the court, which helped earn Carter the nickname "Air Canada" during his first year in the league with the Toronto Raptors. Growing up in Florida, Carter learned important lessons about the value of hard work and dedication from his parents. Hard work paid off for Carter in his successes on the basketball court in high school. This is when Vince Carter first began his ...
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Overview

Vince Carter is one of the most electrifying young talents in the NBA. Fans and fellow players alike marvel at his gravity-defying moves on the court, which helped earn Carter the nickname "Air Canada" during his first year in the league with the Toronto Raptors. Growing up in Florida, Carter learned important lessons about the value of hard work and dedication from his parents. Hard work paid off for Carter in his successes on the basketball court in high school. This is when Vince Carter first began his legendary flights to the basketball rim. After high school, Carter chose to attend the University of North Carolina in 1995. In 1998, he left North Carolina early and entered the NBA, where he won the league's Rookie of the Year Award. In his second year in the league, he earned his reputation as a slam dunk artist at the 2000 NBA.com Slam Dunk contest, where he put on a one-man show. With Carter as the foundation of the team, Toronto fans hope to win many NBA championships in the seasons to come.
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Vince Carter's high-leaping scoring style won him fame. This biography reveals how family, music, and basketball enriched Carter's Florida childhood. He excelled in the classroom and extracurricular activities. In addition to school coaches, Carter learned basketball techniques from his uncle who had played in the National Basketball Association. Carter often was the high-scorer at games, including Florida state championship matches. His high jumps to slam dunk the ball resulted in fans giving him the nickname "UFO." Outstanding on both the court and as band drum major, Carter received sports and music scholarships. Carter chose to play basketball for the University of North Carolina. His adjustment to college play was difficult, but Carter did not succumb to freshman year frustrations. He practiced to enhance both his defensive and offensive skills and versatility. Carter played in conference championships and the NCAA tournament. Drafted by the Toronto Raptors before his senior year, Carter arranged to finish his college degree. In the pros, Carter thrilled crowds by setting high-scoring records and winning Rookie of the Year. He donated money to build his high school's new gymnasium. Based on magazine and website sources, the energetic writing helps readers experience game action. Discussion of Carter's 2000 Olympics gold medal playing is too brief. This detailed biography is more useful for reports than shorter books featuring Carter. Part of the "Sports Leaders" series. 2004, Enslow, Ages 10 up.
—Elizabeth D. Schafer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766021730
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Sports Leaders Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Greatest Game 7
2 Growing Up 21
3 The Big Recruit 35
4 Tar Heel Superstar 47
5 The NBA 63
6 A Genuine Good Guy 77
Chapter Notes 95
Career Statistics 98
Where to Write 100
Internet Addresses 101
Index 102
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