Keith Carter transferring from St. Louis to Valpo
By Michael Osipoff 648-3137 or firstname.lastname@example.org January 16, 2013 5:28PM
Updated: February 19, 2013 2:19PM
Valparaiso’s well-regarded recruiting class for the 2013-14 season has gotten even better.
The Crusaders on Wednesday officially announced that former Saint Louis point guard Keith Carter has transferred to their program. The 6-footer has enrolled for spring semester classes at Valparaiso, and will be eligible to play at the end of the 2013 fall semester at the latest, with at least three seasons of eligibility.
“I’m just a leader, a pass-first point guard, someone that will make the team better,” Carter said on Wednesday.
Carter, the runner-up for Illinois Mr. Basketball as a senior at Proviso East last season and an all-state first-team selection, averaged 3.0 points in three games for the Billikens as a freshman this season. He suffered a foot injury in the second game, missed seven games (he did not play against Valparaiso in a 62-49 Saint Louis win on Dec. 2), then scored six points in 21 minutes — both his high totals — against Eastern Illinois on Dec. 19. On Dec. 21, Saint Louis announced he was leaving the program.
Carter said he actually had been dealing with both ankle and knee injuries, and plans to apply for a medical redshirt for an additional season of eligibility, as well as to appeal for immediate eligibility in the fall.
“We’ll look into any available options,” Crusaders coach Bryce Drew said.
Carter chose Valparaiso, which has become a popular destination for transfers, after also considering fellow Horizon League members Cleveland State and Milwaukee, among other schools.
“Talking with my family, we came to the decision that Valpo was the best situation for me,” he said. “My family would be able to see me play, and I would be able to see them more often.
“I really liked the coaching staff, and I love their style. They stretch the court out, they have a lot of shooters and let the guards attack.”
Carter was a four-year starter at Proviso East, helping lead the Pirates to 4A state runner-up finish with a 32-1 record. They lost 50-48 to Simeon, with then-junior Jabari Parker, last season’s runaway winner of Illinois Mr. Basketball and a prized recruit who has committed to Duke.
“He’s from a great high school basketball program, and he’s a proven winner,” Drew said of Carter, who had verbally committed to Loyola in late August of 2011, re-opened his recruitment about two weeks later, and then committed to and signed with Saint Louis during the November early period. “He’s a very talented player. He should have a big impact on our program.”
In this November’s early period, Valparaiso signed five incoming freshmen in forward Jubril Adekoya, guard Nick Davidson, forward Alec Peters, point guard Lexus Williams and swingman Clay Yeo. The Crusaders are scheduled to graduate six seniors this season, including all five of their starters.
“It’s a very talented class coming in right now, and it’s good to be part of it,” Carter said.