SMU’s move to secure a forward for 2015 took a big step when West Charlotte (N.C.) High School power forward Simeon Carter took an official visit to the Hilltop on the last weekend of January. Carter left the visit impressed by the family atmosphere of the team.
“I enjoyed being with the team and seeing how they work together and have that family bond that we have at my high school,” Carter said. “It was a great experience to see a group of players work together as one.”
Carter hung out with the team for its walkthrough before the game against Central Florida on Saturday night, and he stayed with them until shortly before tipoff. He watched SMU’s win from a courtside seat and was wowed by Moody’s electric atmosphere.
One thing Carter learned that enhanced his interest in SMU is that playing basketball for the Mustangs extends way beyond purely making plays.
“It’s more than just basketball. It all comes down to being together as a family and having each other’s backs,” Carter said. “It’s the little things…helping each other in practice, showing each other how its done, sharing that with other [guys] playing the same position [as you].”
SMU was Carter’s first official visit, an while he plans on taking more, his schedule for them is far from certain.
“I plan on [taking more visits], but I don’t know for sure what schools I’ll be visiting,” Carter said.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Carter’s best guess was that he will visit Temple, Georgia and possibly Maryland, either officially or unofficially. He named SMU his leader after his visit, but is still set on making a final decision after his season ends and signing in the late signing period.
“I just have a big thing for committing right after the season,” Carter said.
Georgia and Maryland have offered Carter and appear to be the Mustangs’ biggest competitors in the race for Carter’s services.