A tough one point loss in the semifinals of the state tournament to defending champions Middletown High School ended the season for Jawan Carter and his Tatnall High School team from Wilmington, Del. Carter, a 6-foot, 165-pound point guard and the No. 52 ranked player in the class of 2006, will now turn his attention to trimming the long list of schools that are pursuing him.
"Right now I'm wide open to play anywhere," said Carter. "A lot of schools are showing a lot of interest. I have offers from St. Joe's, Villanova and Georgetown. I'm also getting heavy interest from Wake Forest, DePaul, UConn, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami and Vanderbilt. I'm going to trim my list down after the spring."
Carter, who averaged 28 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals, can certainly impact a game in many ways. Offensively, he has both range and the ability to penetrate the lane and create scoring opportunities for teammates. Defensively, he is has both quickness and a nose for getting to the ball. Building his body and gaining strength is the most important factor in improving his game.
"I feel I need to work on everything from my on the ball defense, to my conditioning, to getting bigger and stronger," said Carter about improving his game. "I need to shape up my entire game."
Whereas many young prospects become obsessed with going to the "biggest" school out there, Carter is taking a different approach in choosing his future school.
"I'm looking for a dream situation as opposed to a dream school, a place that will benefit me the most both athletically and academically," he said. "I'm just looking for the right situation."
Carter has a 3.2 GPA and will take the SAT in May.