Sophomore Watch: Mitchell Carter

Mitchell Carter averages a little more than a basket a game this year, but the stats don't tell the story with the 7-foot, 260-pound sophomore from Wisconsin.

Carter plays on a guard-dominated team, which is led by unsigned point guard Dupree Fletcher. Carter doesn't complain about the lack of touches. He just tries to keep up with the little guys, hits the glass and blocks shots.

And he just waits his turn.

"Last year he played minimal time on the freshman team," Rufus King coach Jim Gosz said. "We considered him a dork three years ago, but he's really starting to come on. You might have to give him one more year, but he'll be a blue-chipper. He works his tail off and all the big boys have been in to see him because of his size."

"He's an old throw-back player who plays with his back to the basket," added Gosz. "He reminds me a little bit of Rashad Griffith. He's that big, but he's just a boy. When he becomes a man, it's going to be scary."

There was a recent report which listed Carter's top four schools, but what it didn't say was that they are Carter's favorites at this time and aren't necessarily teams showing him legitimate interest.

"That was a misunderstanding," Carter said. "Those are the schools I want to look at and not the schools looking at me. Right now I'm wide open because you never know what's going to happen."

However, that being said, Carter does have a wish list of Marquette, North Carolina, Duke and Notre Dame. Each has sent the basic questionnaire, which is what is allowed to high school sophomores.

"I really like the way North Carolina plays," Carter said. "I already know it's a real good academic school and I've watched how much they improve their players. It's obvious that Roy Williams really cares about his players."

Carter, 16, will get a chance to show what he can do this summer with DTA, one of the top summer teams in the state. He'll likely get far more touches offensively and will look for his own shot more than he did this past season.

"I have to know my role on the team. I want to win," Carter said. "My role is to block shots and rebound. I really don't care what other people think about my stats. I might not put up 20 points a game, but I might have deflected 30 passes in the game."

Spoken like a true team player – a rarity these days.

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