McCarter: 'I'm Definitely Interested'

The 2010 in-state class is loaded with quality prospects. Folks who follow recruiting know all about guys like C.J. Leslie, Reggie Bullock, J.T. Terrell, and Tashawn Mabry, but Goldsboro (NC) Wayne Country Day standout Reco McCarter shouldn't be overlooked.

The 2010 in-state class is loaded with quality prospects. Folks who follow recruiting know all about guys like C.J. Leslie, Reggie Bullock, J.T. Terrell, and Tashawn Mabry, but Goldsboro (NC) Wayne Country Day standout small forward Reco McCarter shouldn't be overlooked.

A 6-foot-7, 180-pound southpaw, McCarter is long, athletic, and plays with passion. He's looking to take his game to the next level during his junior season.

"My team is going to use me on the inside and on the outside this year," he said. "I feel like this is going to be a good year for us. We're young, but I think we're ready to do some big things.

"I want to win the state championship, and I want to average a double-double in rebounds and points. I also want to work on developing my right hand and improve on my jumpshot and decision making."

After a strong showing at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge, McCarter suited up on the AAU circuit with the North Carolina Gaters and quickly established a reputation as one of the state's top 2010 prospects. He already holds a trio of offers and is receiving major interest from a host of programs.

"I'm being recruited by Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, NC State, Clemson, and Wisconsin," said McCarter. "Oklahoma, Clemson, and Virginia Tech have already offered me a scholarship... I think Wake Forest is close to offering me too.

"All of the college pretty much say the same thing about me. They think I can be a big-time player if I keep working on my game. They like how I hustle and play hard, and they like my defense... they like how I'm all over the floor."

Previously McCarter had stated that Wake Forest was his leader. Is that still the case?

"They've been coming to my school and checking on me a lot," he said. "I wouldn't really say they are my favorite, but they are in my top five. I'd say that is Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia, NC State, and Miami."

A new team emerging for McCarter is NC State. The Wolfpack recently started expressing interest, and he was in Raleigh last week for their football game against Florida State.

"I was surprised by it," said McCarter. "It was my first time up there, and man I had a good time. I enjoyed the fans... they are live at NC State. I didn't really get to tour around the school, but from what I saw it was really nice. It's only 45 minutes away from home... it's the closest college to my house. I'm definitely interested in NC State.

"I think NC State is a real good school. Their recruiting had been kind of shaky, but once they get the team right they can do some big things. They shocked the world a year and a half ago with how they were playing."

McCarter also stated that he enjoyed talking with Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe.

"I got to talk with Sidney Lowe some," he said. "He's coached in the NBA and that says a lot. I hope to play in the NBA someday so that says a lot to me. With him being a coach in the NBA, he knows what they are looking for in a player."

While at NC State, McCarter had a chance to talk with elite point guard John Wall and 2010 NC State commitment C.J. Leslie.

"John Wall and C.J. Leslie were there the same time I was," he said. "C.J. was real cool. We're thinking about maybe playing on the same AAU team next year.

"I was talking to John about NC State being a good school for him. I just told him that I watched them play a lot last year and all they were missing was a nice, solid point guard. I don't know what he's going to do, but I think he could go in and change the whole program at NC State."

McCarter, who hopes to make a decision before the conclusion of his junior season, says that two programs stick out as he hopes to play basketball in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

"My leaders would probably be the two schools closest to home, NC State and Wake Forest," he stated. "I want to stay close to home and play in the ACC. That's the best conference in college basketball and to me it's not even close.

"I'll probably try and decide sometime this year before my basketball season is over. That way I'll know where I'm going to school, and I can just work on my game and keep my grades up."

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