Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski secured a commitment from Traci Carter, a 6-0, 165 lb point guard out of Burlington, NJ, Tuesday afternoon. Carter picked the Golden Eagles over Big East rival Xavier and UConn, the reigning national champions.
Cater announced after attending Marquette’s senior day victory over DePaul. He brought his guardian Donnie Carr with him to the BMO Harris Bradley center and Carr had this to say about Carter’s visit: “I liked the commitment and the support of the [Marquette] men’s basketball program from top to bottom, starting with the President of the University and the Athletic Director down to the coaching staff, the academic support team and team managers. They have a great fan base and everyone involved with the program has one common goal, to do their part to make sure Marquette basketball is successful.”
Though he he is currently ranked as a three star prospect by most services, and is just outside the top 150 on 247sports, most scouts identify him as late bloomer who may eventually find himself in the top 100 again. Carter dropped out of the top 100 after tearing his miniscus and missing weeks of live AAU evaluation time in the spring and summer of 2014. The injury seems to have healed properly and Carter has seen his stock rise since.
With Derrick Wilson graduating, Nick Noskowiak decommitting, and Duane Wilson being more of a scoring guard than a point, Carter absolutely fills a need for the 2015-’16 Golden Eagles. It is safe to say that this factored into Carter’s decision. “Because of Marquette’s need for a true point guard, Traci would be given a chance to lead the program from day one,” Carr said. “In addition to that, he would be learning from a coach who played his position in college at Duke and coached under arguably one of the top three coaches in college basketball history for the last two decades. Also, Marquette has a staff full of former college point guards who all played in major conferences.”
Whether or not Carter will be the starting PG next season remains to be seen. There is still the opportunity to sign a juco like Dequon Miller or find a graduate transfer who can play the position. Training Duane Wilson as a point shouldn’t be taken off the list of possibilities either. Securing Carter is definitely a step in the right direction.
You can find a small sample of Carter’s game here.