The Philadelphia Tribune

When it comes to dribbling and passing the basketball, Andre McCarter could really display those skills with ease. McCarter, a former Overbrook High and UCLA basketball star, had great control of the ball on the court. Whenever he shot, dribbled or passed the ball, McCarter used his finger tips, which allowed him to become a terrific ball handler.

McCarter is sharing his knowledge and skills with players on all levels. He’s doing it with his amazing invention called “Touch Glove,” which gives players a mechanism to develop their dribbling, shooting and passing talents. The Touch Glove doesn’t let the ball rest on the palms of the player’s hands. The glove allows the players to improve on the basic fundamentals of the game.

“The question I always ask is how are you playing basketball without the Touch Glove?” McCarter said. “It puts everything in its proper place. It puts your hand in the right place. It develops your touch, which is the key element of the game. We want to see the right tools to help the kids become successful.”

McCarter knows a lot of about success. He was named the state’s Player of the Year as a senior in 1971 at Overbrook High School. He averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists a game that season. During his scholastic career, Overbrook won 63 of 72 games and two city championships. McCarter was twice named All-American.

In 1974-75, McCarter helped UCLA win its 10th national championship. He averaged seven points and five assists a game. The title victory over Kentucky, the last of the late head coach John Wooden’s career gave the Bruins a 28-3 record.

As a senior in 1975-76, McCarter became the first player in school history to hand out more than 150 assists in two different seasons. He averaged 9.1 points a game that season. The Bruins finished third nationally with a 28-4 record and McCarter tied a career scoring high 26 points in the third place game against Rutgers. In all, the Bruins compiled a record of 82-11 during McCarter’s college career.

McCarter played parts of three seasons in the NBA, seeing action with the Kansas City Kings in 1976-77 and 1977-78 and the Washington Bullets in 1980-81.

After his playing career, McCarter joined the Bruins basketball staff in 1984 as an assistant. He coached with the late Walt Hazzard at UCLA for four years. Hazzard like McCarter starred at Overbrook High and UCLA and played in the NBA.

McCarter has stayed involved with the game through his efforts with the Touch Glove. He has worked clinics and camps in the Los Angeles area where he resides.

“The Tough Glove has been around for quite a while,” McCarter said. “It helps with the fundamentals. You have a tool that makes sure you do the right thing. It corrects bad habits and creates good habits.”

In addition to being a great basketball player, coach and clinician throughout his career, he has one of the most unique sports inventions on the market. The Touch Glove has put McCarter in a special category among other African American inventors.

“I’m an inventor at heart,” McCarter said. “I’m on About.com. There’s an African-American data base of inventors. They go all the way back in history. My name starts with “M.”

“If you put my name in you can read about me and the Touch Glove. They also have the section in alphabetical order. I’m next to two people from the 1800s. On one side of me, there’s a gentlemen name Jan (Ernst) Matzeliger. He’s an African American. He was actually from Philadelphia. He came up with a machine to make shoes. On the other side of me, there’s a gentlemen name Elijah McCoy.”

McCoy came up with lubrication for steam engines in trains. The lubrication made a huge difference in terms of operations in the railroad business.