Carter owns 2 state titles already and will work on a third this winter. He averaged 7 points and 8 rebounds for a team that featured no less than 5 Division prospects last season, including Scout.com's No. 10 sophomore Korie Lucious.
"Mitchell hasn't been what everyone thinks a 7-footer should be at this juncture in his career," King coach Jim Gosz said. "He had a real good summer though. He dedicated himself to conditioning and he hired a personal trainer. That paid off immensely with his confidence. He's doing things I haven't seen him do through his first three years."
Gosz thinks South Carolina is a great fit for Mitchell and that the Gamecocks, with a little investment of sweat equity in Carter, could turn him into an outstanding player.
"He's doing better, he's not going to be a McDonald's All-American, but by the time Odom gets through with him, as junior or so, he's going to be a player," Gosz said. "He's going to be good, but once someone gets involved with him on individuals year round they'll be able to reap the benefits."
Odom already has put quite a bit of time into Mitchell. The veteran head coach pursued the King senior hard this summer. "Dave came up twice in July during our open gyms on campus and really like what he saw."