When teams battled West Charlotte (N.C.) this past season, they encountered a very quick and springy 6-7 shotblocker. His name was Simeon Carter, but despite playing in the state's largest city, few knew who he was.
Carter is an atypical breed of prospect. He hasn't yet clocked in with many court hours, but he's not exactly raw. Close, but not exactly. He's a talented defender whose instincts complement his bouncy athleticism very well, and the result was that he and West Charlotte stifled offenses all season long.
"This is only my second year of playing hoops," Carter said. "I'm just trying to get better and learn the game."
Two years. Given that most prospects gain exposure to the game as toddlers, at the latest, Carter's exposure to basketball began at a very late stage. And yet, he has the look of a solid upper mid-major recruit, with room to grow.
Not surprisingly, his recruitment hasn't yet begun to cook. He has received a few letters from schools such as Virginia Tech, Appalachian State and Winthrop, but at this juncture he can't be considered a prime target of any collegiate program.
He hopes to change that this spring and summer. Carter will tour with Team United and gain valuable experience on the travel circuit, and while he doesn't yet possess much in the way of offense, he'll be able to observe up close how some of the country's most accomplished big men handle their business on the court.
And from there, Carter will increasingly begin to handle business of his own.