Tyson Carter has ASU official visit set

Lanky point guard Tyson Carter is fast-rising in the 2016 class and Arizona State is one of the schools factoring most prominently in his recruitment heading into official visit season.

One of the 2016 prospects who really helped his cause in the July evaluation period is Tyson Carter, a versatile guard from Starkville, Mississippi, who showed a lot of promise with MBA Hoops at high profile events including the Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas.

Carter was a three-star recruit going into the all-important month but demonstrated he's one of the South's best guard prospects. Now, the lanky point guard is a national recruit and four-star prospect.

Arizona State is one of the schools that ramped up its pursuit, offering a scholarship to Carter immediately following the period.

“We played four tournaments in July and I used to always see them at our games and I saw they kept coming back and I kept having good games," Carter said. "I sort of figured that I might get an offer soon from them because I played pretty good.

“I feel like I played really well in July. In the spring I wasn’t playing like this at all. This was my first time playing on the circuit. I didn’t really know what to expect, I was kind of nervous. I wasn’t playing too well in the spring but in May and June I worked on my game a lot. I knew it was my last chance on the circuit and I had gotten a lot better and was playing with confidence.”

At just 150 pounds, Carter is thin and working on filling out, but that's going to happen over time as his frame isn't limiting in that regard. Once he gets that added strength, it's going to really help Carter's game.

“I’m one of the smaller guys out there so I’ve got to find other ways to get my shot off and get to the rim," Carter said. "That’s one of the things I have to work on big time is getting stronger.

“At 6-foot-4, I’m taller than most of the other guys who play point guards. It’s always kind of been that way. With my AAU coach, he’s played me off the ball so I got used to that. I like it either way, whatever gives me the best chance to be successful. I feel like I can run a team and pass the ball and get my teammates shots and I also think I can score.”

Carter's MBA hoops head coach, Omhar Carter (no known relation), gave a lot of the credit for his player's development to Tyson's father, who is his high school head coach at Starkville.

“His dad did a great job with him to this point," Omhar Carter said. "He’s intelligent on the court and he can really stroke the ball. As a point guard, the last guy I saw who stretched the floor like that is (NBA star guard) Steph Curry. I’m not saying he’s Steph Curry, but his ability to shoot is huge. When he crosses half court with the ball in his hand, you’re not going to pick him up at the 3-point line.”

Tyson Carter said he picked up 17 scholarship offers in July, including ASU, Baylor, Iowa State, Miami, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU and Vanderbilt.

Carter has set an official visit with ASU for Sept. 25 and is planning to visit Mississippi State Sept. 11 and Miami Oct. 2. Ohio State is also likely to get an official visit from Carter, who is primarily looking at six schools currently.

“I haven’t really thought about styles or anything like that too much," Carter said. "I just want to go somewhere I can be successful. I think my visits will help me with that, learning about the schools and coaches and everything.

“With ASU, I’ve been talking to (coach) Bobby Hurley and one of the assistant coaches. We’ve talked about this team the upcoming year and how they’ll be at Arizona State.”

Carter is teammates with another top ASU target on MBA Hoops, Mario Kegler. It's a possibility Kegler also visits ASU officially the same weekend, but that hasn't been finalized yet.

“We have a good feel for coach Hurley and Arizona State," Omhar Carter said. "Given that coach Hurley played point guard is very intriguing to [Tyson], for someone who played the position at such a high level. That’s very intriguing.”

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