DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. – Sophomore Keith Carter got the Pirates of Proviso East running early Friday night. In a conference game vs. the Downers Grove South Mustangs, Carter stole an inbounds pass and sped to the hoop for an easy two. It would be the first of many easy baskets for the Pirates in a 63-40 win.
Highly regarded locally in the class of 2012 are Carter and Treshaun Carroll from Proviso East.
Keith Carter – 5'10" PG Class of 2012
Carter showed why he is ranked as one of the top 2012 players in Illinois with his play. A stat line of 12 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals doesn't tell the whole story. Carter was able to get past the Mustangs guards at will, and exhibited tremendous body control while in the air. Even as a sophomore, Carter displayed great leadership. He ran the offense like a senior, always knowing where his teammates were on the court. Unlike most guards at his age, Carter played within himself, rarely taking contested shots. His passing ability was smooth, yet under control. For all 23 minutes on the court, his action seemed effortless. Carter can make moves with either hand, and his first step is too much for opponents to handle. At one point in the third quarter, Carter got the ball on the left wing, split two defenders, spun and went up-and-under for a lay-in that gave the Pirates a 19-point lead. For Carter to take the next step, he has to work on his jump shot and become a threat from midrange and out.
Defensively, Carter is active in the passing lanes. He can sense what opposing guards are doing and has the quickness to force them into miscues. His quickness and speed allowed him to stay in front of his man, but Proviso East played a trapping zone for most of the night, so it was difficult to judge his man-to-man defense.
Treshaun Carroll – 6'5'' PF/C Class of 2012
Like Carter, the first thing anyone notices about Treshaun Carroll is his smooth and calm demeanor. In warm-ups, Carroll was all business but very effortless with his abilities. Once the whistle blew, Carroll became a monster down low for the Pirates. 12 of Carroll's 16 points came in the paint, where the sophomore was unmatched down low. Carroll wasn't the focal point of the offense at first, but it became apparent that the Pirates wanted to get him the ball inside of eight feet, especially on dump-offs from the guards. Carroll often found the open spot in the Mustangs 2-3 zone and was able to elevate quickly to get baskets. As far as a jump shot, Carroll's range doesn't extend past 12 feet, but he was able to hit a few fade-aways over taller defenders. When Carroll worked hard for position in the post, he usually got the ball. Yet, there were times when Carroll stood around, waiting for the action to come to him.
Defensively, Carroll shows flashes of being a shot-blocker. Only committing two fouls, Carroll didn't have much opportunity to show his swatting ability. On the glass, Carroll grabbed six boards, using his leaping ability to get tough rebounds. He depends too much on his leaping ability, and lacks the strength down low. To become a high-major prospect, Carroll needs to get stronger and more active on the boards. As Carroll progresses, he will most likely grow a few inches, making him an intriguing prospect as a combo forward.