The following is excerpted from GAME CHANGERS: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town by Art Chansky. Copyright © 2016 by Art Chansky. Published by the University of North Carolina Press. Used by permission of the publisher.Charlie Scott had reached a pivotal crossroads. At age 17, two years after he had moved by himself to North Carolina from New York City, all his hard work had brought him to the moment he dreamed would be his escape from the streets of Harlem: acceptance of a major college scholarship. And it looked like Davidson would be the choice.“Lefty was the first guy to recruit me,” Scott remembered of Wildcats coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell. “If there was no Lefty, there would be no Charlie Scott.”When word got around that Driesell had a black recruit all lined up and that he had good enough grades and SAT scores to get into Davidson, the rest of the college basketball world, at least in the South, quickly discovered Charles Thomas Scott.Dean Smith first found out about Scott through UNC radio announcer Bill Currie, while on the bus ride back to Chapel Hill following a 70–69 loss at Virginia on Jan…. Read full this story
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