Carter was a highly-touted recruit after averaging 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game his senior season. He was a late bloomer, but attracted attention from many top 25 teams, including North Carolina. Despite that recruiting attention and living only a short distance from Lexington, Carter says the attention a Kentucky basketball player receives still requires an adjustment process.
"I was real nervous about everything last year and didn't know what to expect from the coaches, fans or media," he said. "I was probably most apprehensive about the fans. Everywhere you went, they knew you. That was even more true for me because I am so tall. And all the fans have opinions. You can be eating, shopping or going to a movie, but the fans all have an opinion on what is good or bad about Kentucky basketball."
Read more with Jared Carter in the current Kentucky Sports Report basketball preview issue.