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Juco transfer Carter makes Wichita State signing official

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at 5:46 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, April 18, 2013, at 6:34 a.m.

Vincennes (Ind.) University forward Darius Carter signed his letter of intent with Wichita State’s men’s basketball team on Wednesday.

Carter, 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, averaged 15.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks for the Trailblazers. He made 54.4 percent of his shots and 59.6 percent of his foul shots.

Carter earned NJCAA All-American honors. Vincennes coach Todd Franklin said Carter started the season overshadowed by other players on national recruiting lists. His improvement changed that.

“He had become that guy,” Franklin said. “I’ve coached (Missouri Valley Conference) players. I think he’s ready to come in and be a player right now.”

Carter said several factors contributed to his decision, including WSU’s NCAA Tournament success, its facilities and the coaching staff. He made his official visit last weekend and practiced at Koch Arena in March when Vincennes came to Kansas for the NJCAA Tournament.

“The coaches have a great reputation for working with transfers,” he said. “That was really important to me.”

Carter is regarded as a low-block scorer who can step out to 15 feet and make jump shots.

Carter, from Akron, Ohio, averaged 19.5 points in four games in the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Vincennes (33-4) finished fourth.

As a freshman, Carter averaged 11.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.

Carter attended Firestone High in Akron, where he averaged around 23 points and 14 rebounds as a senior, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

Carter joins four players who signed with WSU in November — center Shaq Morris of Edmond (Okla.) Memorial, Chipola (Fla.) College forward Earl Watson and guards Ria’n Holland of South View (N.C) and D.J. Bowles of Oldsmar Christian (Fla.).

Check Paul Suellentrop’s Shocker blog at blogs.kansas.com/shockwaves. Reach him at 316-269-6760 or psuellentrop@wichitaeagle.com.

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