Doral Academy 2020 shooting guard Devin Carter announced Friday that he will take a post-grad year at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire before then signing with the University of South Carolina in 2021.
“For the class of ’21, I am going to be going to South Carolina,” Carter said Friday.
The 6-foot-4 Carter, one of the top 2020 prospects in the state of Florida and the son of Miami Heat assistant coach Anthony Carter, said the Gamecocks’ coaching staff and lure of playing in the Southeastern Conference pushed South Carolina over the top.
“I knew that South Carolina was the place when [assistant] coach Chuck Martin and [head] coach Frank Martin came down to watch me work out around December I want to say … it was last year,” Carter said by phone. “Coach Frank Martin came down to watch me work out with my dad privately and coach Chuck Martin came to watch a practice with my whole team. And just them coming down, showing interest and staying in contact with me — building a relationship — just made it all around a good fit for me. Plus, their play style and everything, you know, how Frank Martin likes to have long lengthy guards and I just feel like I fit in that category.”
Carter averaged 29.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals as a senior. His season was cut short due to a shoulder injury and he underwent labrum surgery in February.
Carter was the FHSAA Class 7A Player of the Year as a junior in his first season playing in South Florida after moving from Colorado.
The Doral star held double-digit scholarship offers, including Cal, College of Charleston, DePaul, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Georgia Tech, Richmond, South Carolina and VCU.
He said East Carolina finished runner-up in his recruitment and Cal was third.
“East Carolina — the coaches — they reached out every day, day in and day out,” Carter said. “That was a big part of why they were second. I stayed in contact with them the whole time throughout the whole process. I ended up telling them the day before yesterday that I was going to South Carolina and that I appreciate them for reaching out and recruiting and wished them the best.”
Carter said he plans to use the post-grad year at Brewster Academy to fully recover and get stronger. He joins former American Heritage-Plantation and Sierra Canyon guard Zaire Wade in Brewster’s 2020 class.
“My shoulder is 95 percent mobility-wise — like range of motion,” he said. “I should be back on the court around late May and hopefully doing contact stuff real soon.”
JUSTICE SIGNS WITH D-I TEXAS JUCO
PHS Academy Post-Grad’s Aamir Justice — a 2019 grad of Coral Springs High — committed to Texas D-I JuCo Ranger College on Friday.
The Rangers went 28-3 in 2019-20 under coach James Stafford.
Justice has excellent size at 6-feet-5. He averaged 18 points and 6 assists at PHS.
“The first thing the head coach said to me was that he felt I was a natural point guard,” Justice said. “Said he loved my ability to pass, shoot and create for others at my size. Said that my game with the right fine-tuning, I could be a legitimate point guard at the mid-major, high-major level.”
MONTAQUE SIGNS WITH JUCO IRSC
Somerset Pines 6-5 2020 Nathan Montaque signed with junior college Indian River State College on Friday.
Montaque said he picked the Pioneers over Palm Beach State and Independence CC. He averaged 21 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
“The coaching staff liked the way I play and how I shoot the ball and create for others,” Montaque said.
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