First Look: Reco McCarter

Reco McCarter is a recruit Wake is interested in for the class of 2010 and DeaconSports' Michael Jennings had an opportunity to talk with him and his coach.

Reco McCarter is a 6'7, 180-pound guard/forward prospect who has the athleticism to make an impact at the next level. Early in his recruitment, McCarter is is garnering interest from several schools around the region.

While he is still developing as a player, his development as a student is proceeding at an improved and satisfactory rate. This is McCarter's first season at Wayne Country Day and he has already made a big impact on his team.

"Reco can do about anything athletically that he wants to," said Wayne Country Day head coach Terry Jones. "[Reco] has made a lot of progress academically and we are very proud of him."

Although McCarter says that he doesn't know his stats as he doesn't "keep up with the individual stuff, just the team record," Coach Jones does. Jones noted that McCarter is averaging just over 14 points per game and 7 rebounds per game from the wing position.

Coach Jones said that Reco is capable of playing multiple positions for him and is an unselfish player. Jones added that Reco has a lot of skills and has the potential to be a good shooter but needs to improve his consistency there and just mature in general as a basketball player. His efforts both on and off the court have been noted and his continued development has led and will lead to many more school's getting involved with this superior athlete.

Currently, two schools are recruiting McCarter the hardest. "Wake Forest and UNC-Wilmington are recruiting me the most right now," McCarter noted, but he is also garnering interest from Cincinnati, South Carolina, and several other schools. McCarter can certainly expect a boost in his recruitment in a few months when he hits the spring/summer circuit.

Regardless, McCarter knows what he wants in a school -- a good education and a quality degree. "I want to get a degree from a real good school and would like it to be a smaller type school," he said. According to McCarter, his interest in Wake is very high and he mentioned that Mike Muse keeps in touch with he and his coach on a regular basis.

Although reluctant to to discuss his own game, we saw him at the Gibbons Evaluation Clinic on the Wake campus last summer and he showed dynamic athleticism and very intense defense. At 6'7", McCarter has the capability to be an outstanding defender on the wing. When questioned about what he feels he needs to work on most, McCarter said his shooting from long distance was his focal point. "My perimeter shot is pretty good but I need to improve that."

DeaconSports will continue to follow McCarter's progress as well as his recruitment in the coming months. We will expect to see McCarter, Mason Plumlee, and others in the state tournament in Cary in the coming weeks.

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