Carter Commits

Chipola (Fla.) Community College forward Jason Carter committed to Ole Miss Tuesday, the second commitment in as many days for Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy.

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Carter tore his meniscus in January, ending his season. However, at the time of the injury, Chipola was 19-1 overall and top-5 in the country. Carter was averaging 15 points per game and eight rebounds.

Chipola head coach Jake Headrick said Carter could have played the final few games of the season. He opted to hold Carter out instead. Carter is currently around 90 percent healthy, according to Headrick.

"We just didn't want to stick him out there," he said. "He's got a bright future. We wanted him to try to get healthy, 100 percent. Obviously him playing one or two games towards the end of the year wasn't going to do us much good."

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Carter is the fourth addition to the recruiting class of 2012, joining South Plains (Texas) C.C. guard Marshall Henderson, Montverde, Fla., guard/forward Anthony Cortesia and Memphis, Tenn., guard Martavious Newby.

He chose Ole Miss over Missouri, LSU, Long Beach State, Texas Tech and Arizona State.

"Obviously, when he came out of high school he was a top-100 player in the country," Headrick said. "He was probably one of the more highly-recruited junior college kids in the country this year. I think at the end of the day, he knew Coach Kennedy.

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"Looking back, he probably wishes he'd have gone to Ole Miss out of high school."

Ole Miss recruited Carter, a former three-star recruit, out of high school. He ultimately signed with Alabama in the class of 2010.

Carter played one season at Alabama. He appeared in 16 games as a freshman for the Crimson Tide, and scored 1.4 points per game. He appeared in just three conference games, playing one minute apiece against Mississippi State, LSU and Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference tournament.

Headrick described Carter as "a true face-up forward that can step out and really shoot the 3." Carter shot 40 percent from 3 on the year.

"The thing he does best is shoot the basketball," Headrick said. "Him coming here for a year and being at Alabama, it's probably made him a better player. I think he's going to help Ole Miss. He's going to be a post player that can really step out and extend the defense with how well he shoots it. He's an athletic guy, too. He's going to give them offense that they don't have right now."

Ole Miss will lose two players off its front line following the season in seniors Terrance Henry and Steadman Short. Returning are veteran forwards Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner, among others.

The Rebels are set to host Illinois State in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

"He's going to give them something they don't have with the guys they have right now," Headrick said. "Murphy Holloway and Buckner, they're power guys who play really hard. Jason's more of a skill guy. The best thing he does is shoot the ball facing up."

Carter has three years to play two.

"It's about winning," Headrick said. "I think that was a big thing with him going there; he knew they had Murphy and Reg coming back. Winning's important for him. He knows he's really going to bring something to that group that they didn't have.

"He became a great team guy here. He really competed every day. He's going to have a really good career the next two years there at Ole Miss."

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