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Children's LiteratureVince 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