Jawan Carter is a guy that loves to smile. Just look at his picture from the adidas camp. Ear to ear and lots of ivory. The 6-foot, 165-pound guard from Tatnall High School in Wilmington, Del. has plenty of reasons to grin, too. He is leading the state in scoring and his list of schools is a who's who of college basketball.
Carter, the No. 52 ranked player in the class of 2006, is pouring in 27 points, four rebounds and four assists a game. He leads all scorers in all classes in the state. His team that consists mostly of juniors and sophomores are sitting at a modest 11-5 and only one loss in conference play.
"We just believe our team is better no matter what," Carter said.
As a player, Carter is more than just a scorer, he said.
"I think my whole game has improved in every aspect," Carter said. "My coaches have groomed me into a complete player. My basketball IQ is up. I'm playing the point all the time and I'm just trying to be better than ever before."
Coaches are coming at the right time, too. Clemson, DePaul, Wake Forest, St. Joseph's, Georgetown and Villanova have all been in to see Carter play this year. He's been a busy man on the unofficial visit trail as well. Carter made stops at Georgetown, Maryland, St. Joseph's and Villanova this year. The visits have helped him in the recruiting process.
"Those really helped me in terms of atmosphere and seeing what the games are like and how the schools rally around their teams," Carter said. "I do my own research, too. Now I'm going to just look at their style of play and see how I could fit into that school."
While the trips are helping and the time spent online looking at school's websites is part of the process, Carter said he isn't ready to do any trimming of his list.
"I'm open right now. I'm loving the whole process," Carter said. "Distance isn't a factor. I'll go anywhere."