Paul Carter Gets Gopher Offer

Paul Carter, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Missouri State University-West Plains CC, received a scholarship offer from Minnesota and had a visit from Gopher head coach Tubby Smith Tuesday. Carter has attracted plenty of recruiting interest after a strong performance in the recent Jerry Mullen Camp in Tulsa. GoldenSports.Net caught up with his head coach Brian Osterman to learn the latest.

Paul Carter is originally from California and moved to New Orleans as a junior. However, due to Hurricane Katrina, he finished his high school career at Little Rock (AR) Mills, where he graduated.

Carter started last season at Connors State (OK) CC before transferring to Missouri State (MO) University-West Plains for the second semester. He was not released from Connors State and will not be on scholarship until this fall. Carter redshirted last year and will be a freshman this season. He has completed 20 to 24 credits, according to Osterman, who is originally from Good Thunder, Minn. He needs 65 credits to graduate, and if he can finish up during summer school, he would have three years of college eligibility remaining.

Osterman thinks that Carter can get the work done to be eligible.

"He is a good student who works hard. He is not the typical juco guy, who does not go to class. We'll see how he does. I think that he has a chance," Osterman said.

Osterman said that Tubby Smith likes his star player.

"Tubby loves him. He likens him to Tayshaun Prince because he is a lefty," Osterman said.

Osterman has Minnesota ties, which could help Minnesota's chance of landing the talented player who one JC coach told me was the top player in Tulsa earlier this month.

Osterman feels that list could grow, if Carter gets his classwork in order.

"He is hearing from Oregon, Minnesota, Wyoming and Charlotte, and mid-majors like Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State."

Osterman think that Carter is a very talented player.

"He is very skilled. He understands the game and has great leadership qualities. He is a pretty good ballhandler and outside shooter," Osterman said. "He needs to get stronger and needs to rebound better."

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