Despite starting off slow at the Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo., the No. 25 ranked player in the class of 2006 Demond Carter had a couple of impressive games at the end of the event. The 5-foot-10, 167-pound point guard from Reserve Christian School in LaPlace, La., indicated after the Gold Medal game that he knows where he will play college ball but was tight lipped about where it would be.
“I don’t know who is recruiting me hard right now,” said Carter, the No. 25 ranked player in the class of 2005. “I am not thinking about that. I know where I will wind up, but I don’t want to name any schools. I don’t want to get anyone mad.”
At the Kingwood Classic last April, Carter gave Rivals.com a school list of Baylor, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma State, and Texas. In state school LSU is targeting 2006 point guard D.J. Augustine. There is speculation that Baylor is the team to beat and a commitment from Carter might come sooner than later.
In his first two games at the Festival, Carter only scored 2 points and totaled 6 turnovers in 18 minutes of total play. He was clearly struggling with his reserve role on the North squad. But in the last game of preliminary play, Carter exploded for 21 points in 15 minutes of play and then scored 17 points in 28 minutes of play in the Gold Medal game against the South.
“I didn’t play much early in the camp, but I did not feel good about my effort when I was on the court,” said Carter after the Gold Medal game. “I talked to my high school coach, and he said to fight through the situation. I decided to play hard no matter what and be a team player.”