Friday, 23 October 2009

New Caper Paris Carter

The 6'4" Paris Carter was tremendous this evening in Ottawa for Cape Breton. Here is some background on this talented wing who has two seasons of post-secondary eligibility remaining.

Most recently Carter spent the 2007-08 season with the New Mexico Aggies, NCAA Division 1 - Western Athletic Conference (WAC) where he played in 13 games for the Aggies as a junior and he started in one game. He averaged 6.1 points and 1.7 rebounds per contest. Carter had a 31.3 field goal percentage and 72.2 free three percentage. Versus No. 15/16 Texas in the Legends Classic (Nov. 23), Carter posted a season-high 14 points. He then earned his first career start as an Aggie versus West Virginia (Nov. 24) in the final game of the classic. Carter also had a double-digit scoring performance against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 11) when he contributed 12 points. He had 17 assists and seven steals as a junior after beginning the season with a four-game streak with multiple assists.

Carter played high school ball at Lake Clifton High School in Baltimore, MD. As a senior, Carter earned all-metro, all-city and All-State honors after averaging 23.8 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. He was a four-time Baltimore Sun Player of the Week and was the MVP of the Las Vegas Hoops Classic. Carter also attended the Nike All-America Camp as a junior and senior.

Carter played his freshman season at Hartford University and was named to the America East All-Rookie Team. In 27 games, Carter ranked third on the team in scoring, averaging 7.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while being named the America East Rookie of the Week four times. Carter, who helped the Hawks to a 13-15 overall record and a 9-7 mark in the America East Conference, scored in doubles figures eight times, including back-to-back 20-point-plus games at Stony Brook (24) and versus Boston University (21) to end the regular season.

After Hartford, Carter was named a second team NJCAA Division II All-American after his sophomore season at Cecil Community College in Maryland. Carter, who played in all 36 games that season, helped the Seahawks to a 33-3 overall record, tying for the most wins in school history, and a fifth place finish at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament. Behind Carter's 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, Cecil claimed its third straight Maryland JUCO Conference regular season title and fourth straight Maryland JUCO Conference Tournament crown while finishing ranked No. 1 in the final NJCAA Division II national poll. Carter ended the season shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from 3-point range and a team-best 76 percent from the free-throw line.

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