By Joe Davidson, Sacramento Bee
SAN FRANCISCO – The first time Bill Cartwright climbed these stairs was some 41 years ago, when the long-limbed freshman out of Elk Grove High School didn’t just walk up the steep incline.
The 7-footer glided up the stairs – seemingly bounding over the skyscrapers that paint the horizon – reaching “The Hilltop” and USF, where Cartwright was a prized basketball recruit ready to carry the Dons to even loftier heights. USF was an easy sell to Cartwright, America’s top high school player in 1975who came from a quiet farming community south of Sacramento. He wanted to be defined by academics and leadership as much as scoring and rebounding. Continue Reading