Versatile Big Man Talks Florida Visit

The Florida Gators are looking for some serious help in the frontcourt for the 2012 recruiting class and Robert Carter of Thomasville (GA) is about as good as they get. Carter isn't your normal 6-9, 242-pound center. He can post you up, but he can frustrate teams a great deal because he can also take it way outside and make you pay. Carter visited Florida a week ago and came away impressed.

Robert Carter visited the Florida Gators with his coach a little over a week ago and watched the Tennessee game. It was an exciting game with a close finish, and Carter got to see the Florida Gators program, fans, and players at their best.

"I did and it went okay," Carter told us Friday afternoon. "I liked it and it was fun. I liked the environment a lot and it was a big game, the Tennessee game."

Carter actually arrived in Gainesville earlier in the day and got to spend some time getting to know the coaches and the players. Assistant coach Richard Pitino and head coach Billy Donovan were able to spend some quality time with the big man.

"I got in that morning and we just stayed till after the game," Carter said. "One of my coaches drove me up. I went to the shoot around and talked to Coach Pitino and Coach Donovan before the game. They like a lot of stuff about me. They like my versatility, that I can post up and that I can really shoot the ball."

At 6-9 and 242 pounds, Carter has a surprisingly good shot from outside. This skill forces the opposing big men he faces to play out of their element.

"I can shoot all the way out," he said with a laugh. "I probably shoot 50% from three point land taking about three three-pointers a game. I do it all the time so they actually guard me like anyone else."

Carter plans on getting noticed after this season is over. He feels like he has already proven himself, but he plans on doing it even more as a senior and in his last AAU go around.

"I do a lot of things well, but I believe I can do things much better," he said. "The key thing to my game is that I can play inside and out.

"A lot of people around here understand I am pretty good, but I think I am kind of underrated. I played against the number two player in the country in Isaiah Austin and beat him pretty bad…twice. He's tall and just isn't that agile. I shot it outside on him and then brought it in."

His athleticism is a bit surprising for some, but he actually played baseball as a sophomore as well.

"Last year was my first year not playing baseball," he said. "When I got to high school I started pitching and playing first base and a little third.

He made the A-B honor roll last semester and is a good student. Off the court he says he is just a normal high school kid.

"I am just a teenager," he said. "When I don't play basketball I just like to hang out with friends and play video games…just an average teenager. I play NCAA basketball and football."

Coming off an injury Carter feels like he is finally back in the swing of things and had a good game last week when he finally felt like he was fully healed.

"I really try not to think about it and just trying to get healthy," he said about his averages on the season. "At the beginning of my high school season I was banged up. The other night I finally was at 100% and scored 17 points and 12 rebounds and we were out of the game two minutes into the second half."

A member of the Atlanta Express (Under Armour) AAU squad, Carter has a few things he would like to get accomplished before his senior season starts.

"I want to get my ranking up," he said. "I would love to make the McDonald's game. I want to cut my college choices down to the top 5-7 teams by the end of the AAU season.

An ambitious and talented young man, Robert carter is one we will be following closely here at

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