“It’s an amazing feeling,” Carter said. “It’s actually relaxing to be done.”
Carter took his time with his decision, but SMU was among the leaders for him since he picked up the offer in December. He took an official visit to SMU and watched the Mustangs’ Jan. 31 win over Central Florida at Moody Coliseum. But Carter’s decision goes beyond gameday.
“It’s more than just basketball. It all comes down to being together as a family and having each other’s backs,” Carter told PonyStampede after his official visit. “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].”
Those little things Carter described are part of the reason he’ll feel right at home at SMU.
“The vibe around the team, everybody plays together,” Carter said. “And they remind me of how my high school team plays.”
The family atmosphere was a big draw for Carter, but the chance to play for a Hall of Fame coach was a big deal as well. He built a strong relationship with Brown and SMU assistant K.T. Turner.
“It’s breathtaking,” Carter said of the opportunity to play for Brown. “We got close throughout the recruiting process. They were really comfortable and are just really cool people. They showed that they really care and are willing to help me become a better player overall.”
Carter also had offers from Temple, South Carolina and Kansas State. He is the fourth member of SMU’s 2015 signing class. The other three, guards Shake Milton and Sedrick Barefield and wing Jarrey Foster signed in the November signing period.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Carter is rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He averaged 14.5 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game for West Charlotte, all tops on the team. He played AAU ball for Team United Hoops, and even played in last weekend’s Grassroots Tipoff Classic in Charlotte.
Carter has not yet signed a letter of intent, but said he will soon. The signing period ends on May 20.