At this time last season 2012 power forward Ben Carter wasn't a very well known recruit for any mid-major college coaches let alone on the chopping block for a BCS coach.
Flash forward to the present day and the 6-foot-8 220 pound forward is having to turn colleges away because Carter is ready to start narrowing things down.
"It's great to see all the programs come in here and want to try and recruit my son Ben," said Mike Carter, Ben's father. "But we felt like we've gotten to know a few of the programs who recruited him first and Ben's cut his school list down to four or five schools.
The schools are Oregon, Utah, UNLV, San Diego State and the fifth school looking outside is New Mexico.
"All the schools have been after us for awhile and I know Ben likes each one evenly right now," said the elder Carter.
An in-home visit with UNLV has been set up and Carter's first official visit will be to Oregon on October 6th.
"I know up at Oregon the Ducks have Johnny Loyd who is Ben's best friend from when Johnny played here at Bishop Gorman where Ben goes to school," said Carter. "They've got a new team and some new players and he's really gotten to like assistant coach Brian Fish and head coach Dana Altman."
Carter could be termed a late bloomer in terms of his production on the court.
"Ben's only 17," says his father and AAU coach. "He just turned 17 a week ago and so as a junior last season he was playing at 16 and doing big things. He's a five-tool player in a sense that he can do it all. Dribble, pass, score, defend, and rebound as well as being a leader. He switched over to my AAU team this year to play with us and instead of running plays for him like you see teams do in AAU we ran our offense through him and he did really well."
Mr. Carter said the family is looking for a school that will use him at the three and the four spots instead of having to place Ben at the five where he played a lot in high school and in year's past in AAU.
"Ben is a natural three our a four and so we are looking for a school who needs the help in that area and a place where he can fit in pretty nicely and try and earn some playing time," said Carter.
Ben Carter will look to sign early in the fall says his father.
"We are hoping to get this over with by the start of the season so he can focus on basketball," said the older Carter.
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