Carter hopes to take his time

Ben Carter may not get the attention he deserves playing on a big time high school team, but college coaches aren't shying away from the 2012 Las Vegas power forward.

Playing for one of the best high schools in the country, 6-foot-7, 190-pound Las Vegas Bishop Gorman 2012 power forward Ben Carter is often overshadowed by his own teammates.

Even though Carter may not be a known name nationally, college coaches are well aware of his talent and it's the reason he already holds offers from Boston College, New Mexico, Arizona State, Colorado, Nevada, Oakland and U.C. Irvine.

Carter is the star for his Las Vegas Lakers AAU team, which allows him to fully show off what he can do on the court.

"I've been on this AAU team for a while and it helps me when I go back to Gorman because I know how to take over games," Carter said. "I know how to do the stuff I need to win."

Part of being a good player is knowing what you're good at and where you can improve. Carter can easily rattle off both his strengths and weaknesses.

"I can rebound, score, I pass the ball really well and I can handle the ball for my size," he said. "I definitely need to keep working on my speed, agility, ball handling and my explosiveness."

This weekend, Carter took an unofficial visit to Arizona State and in general, he says he's happy about the way the Sun Devils have recruited him.

"I talk to coach (Scott) Pera and coach (Herb) Sendek," Carter said. "I have a great relationship with coach Sendek and my dad and them talk and have great conversations. They treat me like family and always tell me how much they love me and stuff so I can tell they really want me."

Carter remains open at this time and prefers to take his time before making a decision.

"I want to take my time, definitely," he said. "I want to take my five officials but I know that schools want you to commit on the spot. I want to take the most so I can enjoy this experience."

When it does come time to choose a school, Carter will have several criteria that he wants that program to fill.

"When I choose a college, it will be about what fits me," Carter said. "Competition level and conference, I want to compete against the best, so that's important, but I definitely want location, where it is, how the coach is, how the team is, and what style of basketball they play."

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