Two sports could be in Carter's future

Troy, Ohio star headed to Wisconsin on football scholarship, could also play basketball

Shane Carter is heading to the University of Wisconsin to go on a football scholarship this fall. But the Troy, Ohio athlete may end up playing on the hardcourt and the gridiron for the Badgers.

Carter, who starred in both football and basketball for the Trojans, has spoken with UW head men's basketball coach Bo Ryan and received the green light to tryout for a walk-on spot with Ryan's squad once the football season is complete. But Carter is in no rush to decide whether he will take on the challenge of playing two sports with overlapping schedules at the major Division I level. His priorities are academics and football.

"First, as far as school-wise, I just have to feel like, as far as time management goes, that I feel like I can do it," Carter said. "To take on the grades-wise and be able to play a second sport. First, what would have to happen is I would have to feel comfortable with where I'm at as far as football."

But Carter would enjoy playing each sport in the Big Ten and wants to keep his options open.

"Yeah, it is definitely still an option," Carter said. "Coach Ryan said that he would definitely give me a look. It's definitely an option but right now I'm not really decided on it."

A combo-guard on the basketball court, Carter averaged about 18 points, six rebounds and five assists per game in helping Troy (14-10) reach Ohio's Division I regional semifinals. He was a first-team all-conference and all-district selection.

"It was a good year definitely," Carter said.

A 6-foot-2 ½ athlete, Carter could potentially bolster UW's backcourt depth next season. This fall the Badgers will only return two guards who received significant playing time last season. When he committed to Wisconsin's football program in December, Carter had basketball scholarship offers from Michigan State and Seton Hall.

Carter's focus this spring and summer, however, is to get ready to play football at Wisconsin. He expects to open his Badger career at safety, but said there is a chance he could end up at wide receiver.

Carter, who has one famous brother who played in the NFL (Cris Carter) and another who played in the NBA (Butch Carter), does not have a spring sport. So after his basketball season ended last month Carter began taking part in his school's "bigger, faster, stronger" training program. He has already seen notable results. Carter played football at 175 pounds last fall, and checked in at 185 in February. He is up to 195 now after putting more emphasis on his work in the weight room.

"I've never really hit [the weights] that hard so I've just been hitting them hard getting a lot stronger, faster, quicker," Carter said. He has not been timed in the 40 since running a sub-4.5 dash before his senior football season. In February, though, he reported a 270-pound bench press max. Now, he is doing three sets of five repetitions at 260 as part of his BFS program.

Carter plans to be in Madison by July 15 to take part in summer conditioning with his future Badger teammates. But before that he expects to spend three weeks of June in Boca Raton, Florida, enduring brother Cris Carter's FAST Program, a speed and agility camp that boasts Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper among its alumni.

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