At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and underrated, and today’s edition will highlight Jack Carter of North Lincoln High School.
We’ve seen Carter throughout his development, including most recently at our Phenom All-American Camp, where we stated, “Next, we look at a player that offers a phenomenal blend between playmaking and three-level scoring, Jack Carter. He’s a smart, strong-bodied floor general with vision and a willingness to create for others whenever possible. However, Carter is also a knockdown shooter from midrange or beyond the arc and can regularly breakdown the opposition with his jumper. He handles the ball well and knows how to run a team with poise. Next in his development process is working to become quicker, as it would make him an even better penetrating threat. Coach Bonbick on Carter: “Jack is a lights-out three-point shooter! He was the best shooter on the team and was very efficient throughout the day. Jack probably shot 65-70% from distance and never forces it. He’s a team-first guy that was very coachable and maintained a great attitude. He offers great hustle, solid defense, and is simply a tough-nosed player.” Carter continues to showcase his ability to produce alongside any collection of teammates and should start attracting more coaches going into the upcoming season.”
Following the camp in September, Carter only continued to solidify himself as a useful next-level prospect. He’s a combo guard with the IQ and offensive balance to legitimately run a team or make his presence felt through efficient scoring prowess. Carter is unselfish and willing to set up others at a strong rate, but also does a great job of utilizing his spot-up instincts to keep opposing defenses on their heels. Currently, North Lincoln is 9-2 with Carter consistently shining as one of their top two players. Carter is posting nightly averages of 17.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, and 2.9 SPG. Not only has he shown leadership and a steadying presence, but his ability and understanding of how to properly defer to his running mate, Cole Seagle, is a large part of what makes their team so successful. Carter might not do the flashy things, but he’s an effective piece who could ultimately be an asset for the right program at the next level.