Paul Carter to transfer from Minnesota

Paul Carter, a redshirt junior forward from Little Rock, has decided to transfer from Minnesota to be closer to his family. His sister was diagnosed with cancer during the season and the Gophers shaved their heads for the Wisconsin game for a sign of solidarity. Carter is expected to be eligible immediately, due to the family hardship. The transfers opens up a scholarship for the Gophers.

The University of Minnesota basketball program and head coach Tubby Smith announced today that junior Paul Carter has decided to transfer from Minnesota to be closer to his sister Bria who is fighting cancer. Carter is on schedule to graduate this spring with a degree in communications.

"We appreciate everything that Paul contributed to this program in his two seasons in Minneapolis," said Smith. "Our thoughts are with him and his family as his sister Bria continues her battle with cancer. We wish Paul the very best."

Carter appeared in 63 games (seven starts) in two seasons at the "U" after transferring from Missouri State-West Plains Junior College. He will leave with career averages of 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 15.5 minutes per game. He averaged a career-high 6.3 points per game last season to go along with 3.7 rebounds per game.

Carter is expected to choose a school close to the Chicago area, where Bria is receiving medical attention. Schools such as Illinois-Chicago, Loyola and DePaul are possibilities.

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