Carter has KU Interest

It's Thanksgiving time and that means that high school basketball is back in full swing. This weekend brought us to Forrest City, AR for the Rumble on the Ridge a very competitive eight team tournament. Among those in attendance were some players that Kansas fans will want to keep an eye on down the road.<br>

CARTER INTERESTED IN KANSAS

Ever since exploding onto the national scene at the 2002 Nike All-American camp, Laplace (LA) Reserve Christian’s DeMond Carter has been one of the most highly sought after players in the class of 2006. Friday afternoon the 5-10 PG was doing his thing as he scored 17 points while dishing out nine assists, to only one turnover, in Reserve’s 88-74 win over Monroe (LA) Richwood.

Afterward, Carter spent a little bit of time with Phog.net discussing his recruitment and game.

“I like Baylor, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky and schools like that,” said Carter. “I’m pretty happy with those schools right now and I’d say that Baylor is a little ahead.”

On the court Carter’s game is in a constant state of change. After developing his reputation as a playmaker who could hit open shots he’d become a bit trigger happy last summer seemingly more content with jacking threes than running an offense. It looked like that might be his focus again when he started off the Rumble with a rough shooting 9-28 night from the field where he made 7-22 threes and failed to dish out an assist in a 30 point outing.

Carter was admittedly frustrated with his play, and made sure that he distributed the ball first Friday.

“I tried to be more of a leader, we’ve got a whole new young squad and getting them under control is important,” said Carter. “That past game where we lost I haven’t done anything like that in a while, just because I’m playing bad I can’t get like that and need to make sure everybody plays hard.”

According to Carter’s coach, Timmy Byrd, Kansas will be out to see Carter this season.

“Coach Dooley didn’t make it in the fall, he was trying to get in there though,” said Byrd. “They haven’t offered yet but they call all the time and keep track of him. They’re trying to keep their name up near the top and will be out this winter.”

MORE NOTABLES AT THE RUMBLE ON THE RIDGE

While the eight team event doesn’t feature a slew of Kansas targets, there are also some former Kansas targets and future Big 12 foes on hand who deserve mention.

Tyler Hansbrough - It is hard to imagine, but the 6-9 BF from Poplar Bluff (MO) High looks to have taken his game to another level. He’s up to a buff 245 pounds and is playing with more aggression and determination around the basket than ever. He was good for 41 points and 16 rebounds Friday evening. Improved footwork, more touch, and more explosion around the basket equals a kid who should make an instant impact at North Carolina.

Kevin Branch - He’s just a youngster, but the 6-4 WG from Laplace (LA) Reserve Christian is one to watch from the class of 2007 and mentioned that Kansas has been in touch. He’s a smooth perimeter operator with a nice stop and go game from midrange and a natural feel for the game. He squares himself to the basket on all of his drives and jumpers and is an alert passer in transition who uses long arms to cause trouble defensively. He needs to get much stronger and become a little more consistent from three point land, but it is hard to pick apart a 29 point, eight rebound, five assist game.

Terry Martin - Martin, a 6-4 WG from Monroe (LA) Richwood, is bound for Texas Tech and has the game to make an instant splash in the Big 12. He’s an explosive wing scorer with deep range and ample athleticism. Without his partner in crime, Oklahoma State commitment 6-10 BF/C Kenneth Cooper, Martin was forced to take some shots he probably would have passed on in an attempt to keep his team in the game. Even when he’s off, he’s good for 25 points. Martin also has local ties thanks to an assistant coach who is a 1980 graduate of Lawrence High.


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