Carter On The Rise

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --- It's not secret that North Carolina needs post prospect in the 2012 class. Robert Carter has entered the UNC radar and is going to be closely watched by the Tar Heel staff in the coming months.

Carter, a 6-foot-9, 235-pounder out of Thomasville (Ga.) High, plays on the travel team circuit with the Atlanta Xpress. This past weekend he was in Arkansas at the Real Deal in the Rock.

Already known as a top 40 prospect, Carter improved his stock with a big showing. On the final day, up against solid opposition in Robert Upshaw, Carter proved to be an impressive all around scorer from the block.

"I've always been able to score," Carter claimed. "But at times I've been unselfish and haven't taken control. I've just been trying to keep it going and be more aggressive."

In the big match up on Sunday, Carter went for 24 points and 12 rebounds. In the post he was especially effective using his right jump hook, but he also stepped out and hit a pair of threes.

"It's there," he said of the hook. "If they give it to me I'm going to use it. He was bigger than me and that's one of the things I use. I can face up. If they are bigger than me I'm going to face up or use my jump hook."

Carter said the majority of the SEC and ACC are currently recruiting him. Florida, Florida State, Kentucky and Georgia are involved, as is North Carolina.

"I'm really just having fun with it," he said. "I don't really think about it. I'm just excited a bunch of colleges want me. I haven't cut anything. Me and my coaches and parents are going to sit down at the end of the summer and cut it to a list of five."

UNC's interest is still in the beginning stages, but they have made contact and initiated some conversation.

"They are coming a little bit," Carter said of the Tar Heels. "They call every month like they are supposed to. They talk to me about how when I get there who it's going to be there and they said they are going to keep watching me. Towards the end of the summer they will probably offer me."

The Tar Heels have mentioned a possible visit.

"They have talked to me about coming for a visit, but like I said they haven't offered me yet. They said after they come up and watch me this summer, because they haven't really seen me much yet. They've just heard a lot about me."

"It's a great program," he added "They produce a lot of NBA players and that's what I want to be."

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