Quick take: Simeon Carter commits to SMU!

Patrick has your quick take on 2015 West Charlotte power forward Simeon Carter committing to SMU!

SMU has found a big man for its 2015 signing class. 2015 West Charlotte (N.C.) power forward Simeon Carter pledged to SMU Thursday afternoon, choosing the Mustangs over offers from Temple, South Carolina and Kansas State.

Why he committed

Carter was a late bloomer and didn’t get a lot of high-major interest until early in his senior season. He only started two years on varsity because he was behind former West Charlotte and current UNC star Kennedy Meeks. Carter showed well at a couple December tournaments, prompting a lot of schools to reach out. But SMU was on Carter before most and established itself as a frontrunner for him early in the process and before a lot of other teams got involved. Carter loved his January official visit to SMU and couldn’t pass the chance to play for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown.

Why he fits

Carter is a good post player and brings another sturdy paint presence to SMU, as well as a little shot-blocking ability. He is a little lanky at 6-foot-9 and 215 pounds, but the Mustangs’ frontcourt depth for next season will give him time to put on weight and take his time acclimating to Larry Brown’s system and the rigors of a student-athlete’s schedule. Then he will take on a bigger role in 2016-17, when the Mustangs will need to replace forwards Markus Kennedy and Jordan Tolbert. Having Carter in tow makes their loss a little less daunting.

What it means for the 2015 class

Carter was SMU’s last remaining high school target for 2015. But one more scholarship remains open, although NCAA sanctions could change that. Nothing is certain in that area as of now. SMU is also pursuing Missouri transfer forward Jonathan Williams III. Williams III is the more talented player, but Carter brings immediate help while Williams would have to sit out a year if he came to SMU. Both are forwards but are different types of players.

What’s next for the 2015 class

SMU is done with high school players in the 2015 class. It isn’t yet known if Carter’s commitment will affect Williams III’s interest in SMU, or if SMU will still pursue him. If SMU elects not to pursue him, Carter is likely the last addition to the team for 2015. PonyStampede will have an update on that situation soon.

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