"I feel like our team had a pretty good year," said McCarter. "I think we finished 22-12. We're young... we only had one senior this year so we will definitely be better next year.
"As for myself, I thought I played well. I feel like I shot the ball better than I've been shooting it over the last couple of years. I'm starting to become more confident in my jumper, and I'm becoming more of a leader... I'm trying to carry my team. I can still work on my decision making and developing my right hand... also my jumper could be even better."
A 6-foot-7, 180-pound southpaw, McCarter is long, athletic, and plays with passion. After a strong showing at Dave Telep's 2008 Carolina Challenge, he 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. Later this month, McCarter will return to Telep's event looking to improve on his reputation as he'll go head-to-head against some of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina.
"I'm excited," he stated. "It's the start of the AAU season, and I'm ready to get out there and showcase my talents. I think I can go out and play well against some guys at my position who I think I am better than, but I have to go out and play my game.
"In our class, I think C.J. [Leslie] is the main guy because he is a big-time player. With his size and athleticism, he can do it all. He's long, athletic, can shoot, and he can score around the basket. He's also a great shotblocker too. He can do it all, and I think if he improves on his attitude the sky is the limit. We don't play the same position... he's probably the best [in-state player] in my class right now."
Following the event he'll hit the AAU circuit, but it probably won't be with the Gaters.
"It's not official, but I think I'm going to be playing this year with Carolina Flight," said McCarter. "They aren't a new team... they were the North Carolina Fire last year. I'm not sure yet, but that's the team I think I'll be playing with. My coach is handling all of my AAU stuff though."
McCarter will definitely be one to watch this summer. He already claims offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, and NC State and is receiving interest from Auburn, Virginia, Wake Forest, and Oklahoma.
He attended NC State's Red/White Game last fall and was back in Raleigh on Sunday for the Wolfpack's game against Maryland. "[Greivis] Vasquez showed out for Maryland," said McCarter. "They didn't like it at State, but he showed out. I still had fun up there at State though.
"State is a good school. It's like I told coach Lowe after the game, they just need to do a little better in recruiting and keep bringing in more talent... they just need some guards really."
As it stands now, McCarter has no other visits planned, and he denies having a favorite at this time. Look for him to take some visits this summer before signing in the fall.
"I haven't planned any visits yet," he said. "I'll probably know where I'm going after I take them. We aren't really focusing on where I'm going to go to school right now... I'm just working on my academics. I'll probably have a decision and sign in the fall.
"I wouldn't say I really have a favorite... I just like ACC basketball. I'm not focused on a certain team. As far as right now, I'm looking at if I can play for a certain school, if I like the environment, the other players they are recruiting, the players at my position, things like that."
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