2006 Recruit Has High Major Interest

A look at another talented 2006 recruit from Jimmy Salmon's AAU program that has early Blue Devil interest.

As you might expect from a heady point guard, Jawan Carter puts an emphasis on winning. So it comes as no surprise that the 5-11, 160-pound Class of 2006 PG from The Tatnall School in Wilmington (DE) hasn't reacted well to the roller coaster ride the Playaz Basketball Club so ridden thus far on the circuit.

"It's been up and down, we haven't been winning a lot," said Carter. "Of course, if we're winning it would be much more pleasant and happier, but right now we're just looking forwards to the summer."

Because of the team's relative struggles, Carter has looked past his on individual success own the basketball floor. "I think I've been playing well, but it still goes back to the team thing and winning," said Carter. "It's been tough to judge just one person when it's really a team game."

Still, Carter can only reasonably control what goes on with his own game, so he's been pounding the pavement to continually get better. "I want to play all my game and work on every aspect as far as defense, conditioning, jumpshooting - everything," said Carter. "I'm working on all of it."

The hard work has paid off. At this past weekend's Rose City Showcase in Portland, Oregon, the Playaz showed some signs of putting things together. Although they lost their first game of the tournament, they regrouped to win their last two games, and much of it was due to the leadership of Carter. He efficiently ran the team, made smart decisions with the ball and found open teammates on the alley-oop when the opportunity presented itself. He got his own offense going as well, hitting the open jumper when it was given to him, breaking ankles with his crossover dribble, and finishing with the floater in the lane.

It should come as no surprise that this complete package of a point guard is hearing from a number of schools in high-major leagues. "Right now I'm hearing from the Big East, ACC, Big 12, and St. Joe's from the Atlantic-10," said Carter. "I'm really open right now but a lot of schools are starting to hit heavier like Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Duke, and North Carolina."

No offers yet for Carter, but he thinks that some may be coming. "Right now a few schools are on the verge, but nothing really formal," he said.

Carter has started the process of taking unofficial visits, although the schedule has gotten a little screwy. Trips to Duke and North Carolina during the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions were shelved due to lack of time, and another trip to Georgetown also got scratched. He has been able to make a trip to Villanova, and it's a program that he likes. "They're up there," he said. "I'm friends with Will Sheridan so I like it a lot, but right now everything is pretty equal."

There are many factors that Carter will use to make his eventual decision. "Community, family, academic criteria, not really distance - that's not really a factor, weather a little bit," he said. "Everything depends on how serious the school is about not only themselves, but playing (time) and school/academics."

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