2016 Starkville (Miss.) High guard Tyson Carter opted to stay close to home and commit to Mississippi State on Tuesday, he told Scout.
“Just the style of play and the way they play up-tempo, I think I fit perfectly in to that style,” Carter said when asked about his commitment to MSU.
“I think coach Howland is a really good coach,” he added. “I’m excited to play for him. He coaches some of the best players in the country that are in the NBA. I grew up watching Mississippi State and I wanted to be apart of it.”
As early as this past spring, Carter, a 6-foot-4 wiry guard out of Starkville (Miss.) High, wasn’t a household name nationally. But that changed during the July evaluation periods playing for MBA Hoops.
“I first saw Tyson Carter at the NY2LA Summer Jam during the second July open period, and it was impressive,” Scout analyst Brian Snow said. “Carter went for more than 40 points in the game and that performance really seemed to set the tone for the rest of his summer.”
By early August, Carter had reeled in more than a dozen high major scholarship offers. Carter eventually narrowed his list to Arizona State, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State and Ohio State. He took official visits to all the schools, except for Ohio State.
“It hit me about last week after I got done with all my visits,” Carter said of his choice. “Me and my family sat down and talked about it all and we decided [Mississippi State] was the best place for me to go.”
Carter, a four-star recruit, is ranked No. 78 overall and No. 20 at the point guard position in the 2016 class.
“He’s a very good athlete, he can score from all three levels on the court and while not a pure point guard he shows solid instincts for the game,” Snow said. “Add in that he has good size and there was a lot to like him as a prospect.”
Mississippi State now has a trio of commitments in their 2016 class. Carter joins Scout’s No. 70 overall prospect Lamar Peters and four-star wing Eli Wright to make up their current class.