By Jeff Borzello
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In a class filled with high-quality big men, Robert Carter might have a leg up on everyone in one area: post play.
Simply put, Carter might be the best back-to-the-basket scorer in the country.
The 6-foot-7 power forward from Thomasville (Ga.) made it clear at the NBPA Top 100 camp that he wasn’t backing down from anyone.
“I’m trying to prove that I want to be the best guy, not just one of the best big guys,” Carter said. “I want to show people what I can do.”
While smaller than most of the other five-star big men, Carter has a great jump hook and very good fundamentals around the basket. He is strong enough to bull through defenders and finish at the rim, while also possessing the touch to knock down face-up jumpers from the arc. Carter has tremendous hands and knows how to create space and make himself available on the block.
He went against some of the top players in the class, and held his own for much of the week.
“I’m going to go at everyone, go out and battle,” Carter said. “I’m going to show my athleticism, agility, show my footwork, blocking shots, dunking, everything.”
Carter has been on the high-major radar for quite awhile, but really picked up his recruiting of late.
With so many schools in pursuit, Carter is just taking his time with the process.
“I have no list, all the ACC, all the SEC,” he said. “I’m going to cut my list at the end of July.”
He currently holds offers from a number of schools, including Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Virginia Tech. Most of the ACC and SEC schools are on his trail as well.
One school that has been associated with Carter recently is Kentucky. Some reports stated the Wildcats offered the rising senior, but Carter said he hasn’t personally talked to the coaching staff at UK.
“I’ve heard about it, but I can’t confirm that,” he said.
With major schools like North Carolina and Kentucky sniffing around but not offering yet, and so many other schools in the mix, Carter is not ready to name favorites or places he wants to visit.
“No one’s coming at me the hardest,” he said.
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