That journey starts, he says, by showing people he can dunk the ball.
Carter has a post game like few players his age. He's smooth, polished and diverse in his skill set. He doesn't just have a primary set of post moves, he has the counters to go with them.
But Carter recently realized it's not enough for him to turn and seal off a defender for a lay-in. He's got to start showing off his athleticism and dunking it, too.
"It's just me exploding, using my explosiveness," Carter said. "I was taught so many moves down low at a young age that I mostly get by people easy on the low block and I can lay the ball up. But a lot of rankings like people who dunk the ball all the time. So I'm going to try to start dunking the ball all the time."
Rankings aren't the most important thing to Carter but they do matter when it comes to some of his goals. He wants to make the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic and without a high ranking he's worried that might not happen.
"The rankings don't really matter to me that much," Carter said. "But if it's going to help me get in that game, I've got to do what I've got to do."
Carter won't just show off his explosiveness to recruiting analysts this summer. There's also a long list of college coaches who will be watching him closely and looking to gauge his athleticism.
North Carolina assistant coach Jerod Haase called Carter this month and told him the Carolina staff would evaluate him more this summer. Carter expects to have a list of five to seven schools by the end of the summer and says North Carolina is in the mix.
"What can you say? Carolina is Carolina. They're one of the best basketball programs in history," Carter said. "They have a lot of good players. They have a lot of NBA players. You've always got to (consider) those guys."
In addition to UNC, Carter is also hearing from several schools in the SEC and ACC. He's already made unofficial visits to Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia and Georgia Tech due in large part to proximity. He said he'll visit other schools when he has the time.
One of the biggest factors in Carter's college decision will be an opportunity to play early in his career. He said he wants an opportunity to get on the floor early and possibly start.
"I want to play because I want to jump in head first. Get out there and work hard," Carter said. "(I want to go) somewhere where I can come in and showcase my skills. I don't want to go anywhere where I'm not going to play because they have five seniors in their starting lineup."
After narrowing his sights, Carter said he'll go by feel from there. He hopes to make his decision by the end of the basketball season but said he'll make the call when it feels right.