The visit process is really beginning to pick up in earnest for three-star center Josh Carlton. The native of Washington D.C. had a solid summer with Team Loaded on the AAU circuit, and lately has picked up his playing running with DeMatha in pre-season work.
Now as a senior, Carlton says he is ready for a career defining season before he leaves the famed prep powerhouse.
“I’m hoping for a big season,” said Carlton. “I have been working hard to get better and more athletic, but the biggest thing for me is that I am focused on winning a championship.”
Along with trying to win a title, Carlton is working to figure out which college is best for him. At the moment several schools are making him a priority.
“UConn and Georgetown were in Friday, Clemson and Memphis are coming in and Xavier,” noted Carlton.
Carlton made an official visit to Connecticut already, and the center was impressed with what he saw in Storrs.
“The visit was great,” said Carlton. “My parents liked it a lot. I liked the coaching staff and got a chance to spend time with them. It just felt good to be there, and it was a place that felt like home.”
Another school that Carlton has seen is Georgetown. He lives only minutes from the campus, and says he is very intrigued by the Big East school.
“I have been up there a couple of times,” noted Carlton of the Hoyas. “I’ve had a chance to play pick up with the guys and they are all real cool.”
He continued about Georgetown, “They have a great history of bigs in the NBA and they have great facilities. It is a school I like a lot.”
Up next on the visit tour for Carlton is Clemson. He will make his way there this weekend, and playing in the ACC is something that really appeals to him.
“Clemson, I really like them,” noted Carlton. “I’ve never been there before so I want to see the area. I grew up watching ACC basketball so that is huge. Having the opportunity to play in the ACC is great. Also I want to see the new arena and meet the coaches and things like that.”
After visiting Clemson, Carlton will make an official visit to Xavier the following weekend to check out the Musketeers program.
“I know that David West went there and they have a great history of big men playing there,” said Carlton of Xavier. “Also Coach (Mike) Pegues played at DeMatha so there is a connection there.
Also so I have never been there I want to see the area and get to know the players as well as get a feel for the campus.”
Carlton doesn’t want to put a specific timeframe on a decision, but he says he will make a choice whenever he feels is best and when he knows where he wants to go.