McCarter Looking to Stay In-State

After playing much of the spring with the North Carolina Gaters, Goldsboro (NC) Wayne Country Day standout Reco McCarter switched to Carolina Flight for the 2009 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

After playing much of the spring with the North Carolina Gaters, Goldsboro (NC) Wayne Country Day standout Reco McCarter switched to Carolina Flight for the 2009 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

While his team didn't make a deep run, McCarter still impressed as he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

"This was my first tournament with Carolina Flight, and I'll be with them the rest of the summer," said McCarter. "We've just go to build that chemistry, and hopefully we'll come out on top at some tournaments."

A 6-foot-7, 180-pound southpaw, McCarter is long, athletic, and plays with passion. Over the weekend he defended both ends, attacked the basket, and stroked long 3-pointers.

He is hearing from several programs, has some offers, and could land several more in July when coaches can catch him in action.

"Recruiting is going well," said McCarter. "A lot of schools have come in lately. I take the SAT next month so after that I think everything will be set to go, and I'll be ready to make a decision.

"A lot of ACC schools, Big 12 schools... just a lot of schools have been giving me a look. I have offers from NC State and Virginia Tech... that's it for now, but I've heard from a lot more schools."

McCarter indicated that he landed an offer from NC State last fall.

"They talk to my high school coach more than they talk to me," he said of the NC State coaching staff. "I went to NC State last year with a couple of guys, and I got to talk with coach Lowe and he offered me a scholarship. We sat down and talked and he offered me a scholarship.

"I haven't heard much from them myself though. The last time I really heard from them was when I went to watch them play Maryland at home."

What does he think of NC State?

"NC State is ACC basketball," said McCarter. "State is in the best conference in the nation, and you can't beat that. All they really need at NC State is some more recruits. Coach Lowe is doing a good job of rebuilding the program, and they've got some good guys coming in this year."

As of now, McCarter says there are no favorites, although it appears he would like to stay close to home.

"I'm looking for the best thing for me," he said. "It's definitely the ACC schools in North Carolina. That would probably be my top three or four at least because I want to stay home... you've got NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, and North Carolina.

"I'm looking to have a decision by November. I couldn't really tell you what is going to be the biggest factor. I'm going to talk about all of that with my coach and my parents."


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