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Willie J. McCarter (born 26 July 1946 in Gary, Indiana) is a retired American basketball player. He was a 6'3" (1.90 m) 175 lb (79 kg) guard. He played at Drake University, averaging 19.9 PPG in three seasons. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 12th pick in the 1969 NBA Draft, and played three seasons with the Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. McCarter later served as head coach at the University of Detroit Mercy.

On September 23, 2005, McCarter suffered the first of three strokes within nine months. With the help of his doctors, he recovered.[1]

In February 2009, Drake University retired the #15 jersey that he wore for the Bulldogs.[2]


  1. ^ Chip Mundy. "Stroke victim hopes he and his team are in for a long run" Jackson Citizen Patriot. March 20, 2008. Retrieved on March 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Andrew Logue. "Drake men's basketball: Bulldogs' hoops legends honored". Des Moines Register. February 22, 2009. Retrieved on March 11, 2009.

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