George Carter graduated from Silver Creek High School where he was a basketball star, but he gained more success on the court at St. Bonaventure University. In each of his three seasons (1964-67) with the Bonnies, Carter scored over 400 points. In that span he had 849 rebounds in 68 games for an average of 12.4 per game which is fourth among all-time St. Bonaventure rebounders. He was team leader in 1966 with 285 and in 1967 with 305. Carter is also the Bonnies' 12th leading scorer with 1322 points for a 19.4 average and he was the captain of the team his senior year.Carter was drafted by the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association, but was also drafted by the United States Army and served a two-year hitch.