Carter has strong showing at Nike X

Terrell Carter, a 6-foot-8, 255-pound center out of Redondo (Calif.) Union, had a strong showing at the Nike Extravaganza.

With February here and the second signing period rapidly approaching the available list is thin. So when a big man emerges this late in the process, a host of colleges usually begin to show interest.

One player that fits that billing is 6-foot-8, 255-pound big man Terrell Carter.

At the Nike Extravagana, Carter, a standout at Redondo (Calif.) Union, displayed a slimmer frame, a rebounding prowess and a nice set of hands. Carter appears to be one of the best available post prospects in the country, not just the west coast.

This time last year Carter checked in at 292 pounds. He spent the offseason working on his conditioning.

"Beach runs, weight lifting, running on the track and running in practice," Carter responded when asked how he got in shape. "A lot of hard work."

Carter said being 37 pounds lighter has not only helped his mobility, but his entire game.

"I was a totally different player," Carter said. "I didn't run the floor as much. I had a lot of weight on me. I didn't have as many post moves and I didn't finish as much. Now I'm here and I lost a lot of weight I run the floor better. It's just an all around change."

At this stage San Jose State, Cal State Northridge and Tulane have offered him a scholarship. Gonzaga and Boise State are also involved.

"I'm just going to wait until the end of the season and start taking visits and stuff and see what I get out of the season," Carter said.

"I know I'm going to visit probably San Jose State, Boise and probably Gonzaga," he added.

Carter has one visit under his belt. He visited Cal State Northridge.

"They are a really good program," Carter said. "I like the guys there. Coach [Reggie] Theus is about to change the whole program around. He's a really good coach."

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