BASKETBALL RECRUITING: Carter says he's a Sooner

UC Riverside transfer Nate Carter (pictured left) says he hopes to bring something to Norman the Sooners have been missing — a strong offensive game. Carter averaged 16.8 points as a freshman and 15.7 points per game last season at Riverside. (AP Photo)

It didn't take long for UC Riverside transfer Nate Carter to settle on a destination.

Carter, a 6-foot-7 combo forward who visited Norman last weekend, told this evening that he will not take a visit to UCLA and is headed to Norman.

Carter, who was the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year two years ago, averaged 15.7 points a game last season for UC Riverside.

Below is a transcript of Carter's interview with James Hale Tuesday night.

JH: You recently visited OU. How did you like that visit?

NC: "I like my visit to OU a lot. The players are cool, the coaching staff is as well and the area looked like a great place to live."

JH: What impressions of the program did you come away with?

NC: "They just want to win and I want to win. I felt Oklahoma would be a good program to check out because they are a great winning program."

JH: Why are you looking to transfer from Riverside?

NC: "I am just looking to test my skills in a better league and against a better brand of basketball.

JH: Now that you have visited OU, what kind of chances do they have to sign you?

NC: "That is the school that I will be attending next year. I am very excited about being at Oklahoma next year."

JH: Are you ready to stop visiting schools?

NC: "I am not going to visit any other school."

JH: Describe your offensive game?

NC: "I just want to get to the basket and I will do what it takes to get to the basket. I can shoot a little bit, but I can improve a great deal on offense. Coach Sampson at Oklahoma is going to get that done for me. I like to start my offense on the wing, but I can post up as well. I can shoot the three pretty well too."

JH: You will have to sit out next year due to transfer rules, so how will you use that year?

NC: "I will use it to work hard, learn the offense and to learn the system. I want to improve my weakness and just get better as a player."

JH: When you are eligible to play OU should be a great basketball team. I am sure you are looking forward to playing with that group of young guys that will really be maturing as players at that time?

NC: "Yes, those guys are real good players and good people. Most of all they are good people, and I am looking forward to running on the court with them."

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