A mutual parting of ways, as Carter termed it, led to his release from the program. He sent out film to many schools after his release and Purdue was one of the first to respond, doing so in February.
"One door closed and another door opened for me," said Carter.
Carter made his transfer to Purdue official on Tuesday, just one day after his impending graduation from Seattle became final. He picked Purdue over Cal State Northridge. Carter will join the Boilermakers as a fifth-year graduate student and will be eligible to play immediately.
"It was like a dream come true," said Carter of his joining Purdue. "Growing up, I always wanted to play in a big conference for basketball. Now, I'm getting the opportunity for my senior year, my last year of college basketball."
Carter, who turns 23 in July, originally attended school at Pacific but transferred after one season as a redshirt. He averaged 13.8 points per game as a sophomore but his minutes and numbers declined through last season.
Last season, Carter connected on 31.7 percent of his field goals but 39 percent from beyond the arc. The 6-foot guard describes himself as a strong shooter and underrated defender, which is precisely what he joins the Purdue program to do. He'll likely serve as backup to Terone Johnson and key role player off the bench.
"They recruited me to be a shooter, pretty much," said Carter. "They wanted me to come in, make shots and play defense. I think I can do that, and I can get better at doing it."
Carter remains in Seattle where he is working to complete his academic duties. He will join the program later this month. The Boilermakers have also added Cornell fifth-year transfer Errick Peck, another guard who will play a key role off the bench.
Purdue has filled up its bench after losing five players at the end of the season, including three unexpected transfers. The Boilermakers will also welcome three freshmen to the program in addition to their two new transfers.
Now, Purdue has another veteran scorer off the bench in Sterling Carter. He's thrilled for the chance that's been given.
"I have to go out and when I have the opportunity, seize the opportunity," he said. "If I'm living my dream, I have to produce."