"It came down to San Diego State and Arkansas State," Carlwell said. "The fact that Arkansas State just got a new head coach, it was a good chance for them to turn it around there. They have good coaches and players but I liked San Diego State's situation better. They're track record is on paper and you know what they did."
The 6-foot-10 Carlwell was ranked No. 37 in the country in 2006. He signed with Illinois, got distracted and found trouble off the court. San Diego State offers him a chance to fulfill his promise on the court and he's not taking it lightly.
"It's the most important thing in the world. I didn't get to end my career at Illinois the way I wanted to. This is a second chance for me to show a lot of doubters that I plan on being successful in life wherever I go. I want to make my family proud."
The Aztecs, according to Carlwell, match how he sees himself with what they do as a team. "You can never guarantee anything but I think they want me to be a big presence in the middle. I like to screen a lot and I can run the floor well for a big. I think they want to open the game up and add some fast break elements to the game."