Carter McMasters Adjusting

Grace Academy (Tenn.) 6-foot-10 skilled big man Carter McMasters was a role guy a year ago when he started alongside four other seniors. Life is different now that he's the primary option with a young team around him.

Carter McMasters admits he was somewhat intimidated at ABCD Camp last July. He had just come off his sophomore season and was the lone representative from the state of Tennessee.

``I didn't know anyone," he said.

The 6-foot-10, 210-pound skilled big man hasn't had quite the junior campaign he had hoped for, but he's still putting up solid numbers despite losing all four of his fellow starters off last season's team that advanced to the state title game.

McMasters is averaging 14 points, 10 boards and a handful of blocks per game at Grace Academy – which enters the postseason with a 17-9 mark. .

He said that it's been difficult this season because instead of a supporting role, McMasters has seen plenty of double-teams and has had to become the go-to guy.

``My shot hasn't been falling lately," he said. "I'm doing a good job rebounding and blocking shots."

The 16-year-old McMasters, who plans to suit up for Gary Graham's Smyrna Stars again this spring and summer, has had numerous visitors to his games this season. Tubby Smith has come by and so has Kentucky assistant David Hobbs.

Clemson and Wake Forest have shown significant interest. So has Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

``They're all good schools," McMasters said. "I want to figure out what's best for me. The options are good right now and I've got another year until I want to sign with somebody."

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