6-4 2G Devin Carter of Duval, FL, son of former NBA guard and current Miami Head Director of Player Development Anthony Carter, announced a commitment Friday afternoon to join Frank Martin’s program at USC. Carter chose the Gamecocks over offers from Cal, East Carolina, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Richmond, College of Charleston and others. But it remains to be seen if he’ll join the Gamecocks this coming season.
USC currently does not have a scholarship available, so Carter plans to attend Brewster Academy in New Hampshire unless an opening occurs at USC. The prep school season also will give him extra time to recover from labrum surgery.
Carter said Martin and assistant coach Chuck Martin recruited him very hard from the outset and that’s a big reason he decided to sign on with them.
“The relationship with coach Chuck Martin and coach Frank Martin,” Carter said. “Frank Martin came down to watch me work out privately, and then coach Chuck Martin came to watch the team practice not too long after that. They’ve always been in contact with me. And the style of play, their coaching style. I like they way they play the game, and I like how all their guards are lengthy and long, and it fits me.”
Carter is a big-time scorer averaging right at 30 points per game for each of the last two seasons. He has watched the Gamecocks closely and believes his game will fit in nicely with what they do.
“I think that everything that I have is what they are looking for,” Carter said. (Scoring) That’s my number one trait I’d say. Number two is probably my playmaking abilities. I know how to find teammates, find the open guys, get everybody involved. I can also score at all three levels…get to the basket, mid-range, three pointer. I can really just score.”
Jorge Fernandez coaches Carter at Doral Academy and said the Gamecocks are getting an offensive ace.
“He can put the ball in the basket,” Fernandez said. “He averaged close to 30 the last two years for me,” Fernandez said. “He’s been great to coach. He’s got good genes from his dad. He can score the basketball. He can put the ball in the basket. He’s in that 6-4 range, long, lanky, real bouncy. He’s only going to get better. His best basketball is definitely ahead of him. He hasn’t matured into his body. He just turned 18 last month.”
Carter is rated as a three-star prospect in the 247Sports composite and is ranked the #41 shooting guard in the country and the #18 prospect in Florida.