UNC Basketball: Vince Carter signs multi-year deal with ESPN

Former UNC basketball star and 22-year NBA veteran Vince Carter signs multi-year deal with ESPN as studio and game analyst

Vince Carter signed a multi-year contract with ESPN on Thursday to serve as an NBA and college basketball studio and game analyst. The former Tar Heel and eight-time All-Star retired from the NBA in June after 22 seasons, an all-time league record.

Carter had been dabbling in the booth over the past few months, and quickly looked like a seasoned veteran alongside the likes of former players-turned-analysts like Jalen Rose, Paul Pierce and Tracy McGrady. According to an ESPN press release, Carter will appear on pillar ESPN studio shows including NBA Countdown, The Jump, Get Up, First Take and SportsCenter with special appearances on College Game Day.

Carter certainly has the knowledge and professional pedigree for the position, but he’s also been regarded as one of the league’s most genuine and likable players over the past two decades. Rarely seen without a smile on his face — particularly in his older years — Carter brings with him a more mild-mannered, sensible approach to basketball analysis than many of his colleagues.

He also brings with him the experience of a perennial All-Star from 2000 to 2007, a two-time All-NBA selection, a Rookie of the Year award recipient and the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest champion. He also scored better than 25,000 points in his career, and ranks sixth all-time in made three-pointers.

Prior to his time in the NBA, Carter spent three seasons at the University of North Carolina. He helped lead the Tar Heels to consecutive ACC Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament Final Fours in 1997 and 1998. He was named a second-team All-American and third-team All-ACC performer in 1997, and a first-team All-ACC selection in 1998.

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