Before his breakout December, Simeon Carter was not considered a high-major prospect. But after stellar performances in December tournaments, SMU, along with a few other high-major schools, offered the 2015 big man from West Charlotte (N.C.) High School.
SMU head coach Larry Brown was one of the first in pursuit of Carter. Brown watched him practice in December, then watched him at the DeMantha National Hoops Fest in Maryland shortly after.
“I was really excited. I felt accomplished in a way,” Carter said of Brown’s interest in him. “He said that I would fit good in the program, even if I have to improve in certain areas,” Carter said.
Carter said that SMU keeps in contact with him regularly. He will take an official visit to the Hilltop in January or early February, although he is working on setting a date.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Carter listed Maryland, Georgia and SMU as his top three schools, and said all have offered.
While Maryland and Georgia are closer to home than SMU, the Mustangs have something the others can’t match: a Hall of Fame coach.
“I’d get the chance to be with the legend, Larry Brown,” Carter said.
West Charlotte assistant coach Jacoby Davis previously told PonyStampede that SMU was at the top of Carter’s list, largely because of Brown and the impression he has made on Carter. However, Carter did not say that SMU is his favorite, despite his affection for Brown.
“(My top three) are all equal right now,” Carter said.
Virginia Tech, UNC-Wilmington and UNC-Greensboro have also offered Carter. In addition to traveling to SMU, Carter said he will also visit Maryland, Georgia and Virginia Tech.
Carter has only been playing basketball for a few years, and didn’t see many minutes early in his high school career because he sat behind current North Carolina Tar Heels star Kennedy Meeks. But his coaches thought he started to excel this past summer on the EYBL circuit, and he has turned the momentum he built in the summer into a strong senior season to date.
Carter will make his decision at the end of his high school season and will sign in the late signing period.