He thought he knew the Rutgers campus …until he made an official visit there over the weekend.
"The visit went well," said Carter, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound combo guard from Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.). "I was kinda surprised about some of the things I've never seen before. I've seen parts of the campus I've never seen before, and I didn't know there were so many people there. I had fun.
"I played in the RAC a lot, but I've only seen that area."
It helped that there was a buzz on campus all weekend because of Rutgers Fest, a campus wide party as the semester winds down and finals approach.
But Carter's visit was about much more than the excitement on campus.
"When I first got there I had breakfast with the coaches, went to meetings, we went bowling one day, and I hung out with the players," Carter said. "I met the academic counselor, and she knows what she's talking about. She stays up to date with everything, and makes sure everyone is up-to-date with their grades. That was a big thing."
And while Carter gained familiarity with most of the coaching staff, one person he didn't need to get to know better was head coach Mike Rice. Before Carter headed to Brewster Academy for a year as a post-graduate, he was recruited to Robert Morris by Rice.
"He hasn't changed. He has the same passion as when he was at Robert Morris," Carter said. "He said there is time for me to play as a freshman, and I would play both guard positions. He wants me to play defense like I always play defense, and he'll let me play offense."
Rutgers was his only visit scheduled for the spring. So, is he close to making a decision?
"I'm not really close to committing because I want to take another visit or two," he said. "I want to compare schools that have been recruiting me for a while now and give them a chance."
Carter said TCU, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech were all coming to Brewster to watch him play pickup and run through drills this week, and he could set up another visit in the coming days.