New Interest

Explosive forward Sean Carter is hearing from some new schools, and as a result his choice of a college has been pushed back.

"West Virginia has been recruiting me since they got their new coaching staff," Carter said. "I first heard from them at the AAU tournament in Akron. I play for the D-One Sports team based out of Fayetteville, N.C., and they were there to watch me."

Carter had enough interest that he took an unofficial visit to West Virginia.

"I went there a couple of weeks ago, and I liked what I saw. I have very high interest in West Virginia right now. Coach Huggins is a great coach. I'm talking to him and to the other coaches every couple of days."

While Carter has the Mountaineers high on his list ("I'm leaning toward WVU," he said), he declined to name a top five or any other favorites at the current time. He holds an offer from South Florida in the Big East, as well as several from other schools such as Duquesne, George Washington, Tulsa and Rhode Island, but is waiting to see what happens with West Virginia.

"Right now, they don't have any scholarships open, so I am waiting to see what happens there," the 6-9, 215-pound forward said. "They told me if they have one open up I could get it. So I'm kind of waiting to see what happens there."

Carter, an athletic, explosive forward who would slot into the four position, runs the floor well. His jumping and athletic ability allows him to get to the board and rebound well, and with his frame it wouldn't be hard to imagine him at 230 pounds or so while keeping all of his speed and quickness.

Following his senior season at 71st High School in Fayetteville, N.C., Carter decided to attend a year of prep school to boost his basketball stock. (His grades and test score were not a problem, he noted, and he is fully qualified to play this fall.) Carter chose Laurinburg Institute, where he battled numerous other Division I level players for time

"It was very competitive. All of the players were very good," said Carter of his Laurinburg team. "I had kind of an up and down year, but I averaged about 12 points and four or five rebounds per game. It was a tough fight for playing time."

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