Carter impressed with Sun Devils on visit

On a weekend where Arizona State basketball effectively wrapped up the 2011 recruiting class, the Sun Devil staff was already hard at work entertaining one of its top 2012 targets. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman power forward Ben Carter was in town for a tournament and took a few hours for an unofficial visit to Tempe. Devils Digest caught up with Carter to get his impressions of that experience.

Arizona State offered the 6-8 210 pound Ben Carter back in January and the Gael standout has enjoyed the recruiting process with the Sun Devils ever since. Spending a few hours with the ASU coaches on Sunday only enhanced his notion about the maroon and gold.

"It was a great," said Carter. "The basketball facility was really nice. Me and dad got to check it out and meet with coach Sendek and coach Pera. The coaches have a great relationship with me and my family so that's cool. I was with my AAU team (the Las Vegas Lakers) for a tournament here and coach Pera took myself and all of my teammates around campus. It was a good visit.

"I was the most impressed seeing how much film the players watch and the whole process that the team's film coordinator goes through breaking down the game film and making it ready for the coaches and players to watch. The weight room in the practice facility was very nice."

The Las Vegas Lakers won the Phoenix Spring Showcase tournament and Carter was named co-MVP (with Brandon Burnett) of that event.

Carter has already been offered by Boston College, UNLV and New Mexico among others. Oregon, USC and BYU have been Carter in earnest and could be offering him a scholarship as well in the spring or summer.

The forward reported junior season averages of 13 points and 8 rebounds per game for the Gaels who posted a 25-6 record in the 2010-11 campaign. Carter is known as a talented offensive player who is best facing up from midrange, where he can either hit the jumper or take his defender off the dribble and get to the basket. He is a smart passer and is developing his three-point shot. Athleticism and strength are two of the main aspects that Carter needs to improve on to be effective at the college level.

"I think I fit in ASU's style very well," Carter remarked. "The ASU coaches said that they need a player than come in here and read defenses, have a good basketball smarts and is a good shooter. I think I have all that and I think I bring a lot of leadership to a team.

"I know I have to work on my athleticism, explosiveness and getting stronger but I'm still just 16 years old so I have time to develop. I want to be a hybrid forward that can also post up and also make his outside shots. I'm working on my strength now and I know in college a big thing is getting your body right for the season. Getting stronger is definitely something I am looking forward to."

Carter admitted that he would like to play close to home, but at the same time is not eliminating any of his suitors because of distance. "The distance is going to be one the least factors in my decision making," Carter explained. "My decision is going to be about what program I like best and how I'm going to fit in the program. Having a good relationship with the coaches is important too. So location isn't as big of a deal as it is with other kids."

Carter said that he doesn't anticipate making a decision before the summer and would like to see what offers come his way.

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