Greg Carter is a busy man during basketball season.
Luckily, the Starkville High boys basketball coach and former Mississippi State standout will not have to travel far to see his son play in college.
Tyson Carter, a four-star combo guard for Starkville, committed to play for the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
“It’s just a really exciting time for me,” Tyson Carter said. “I’m really excited about the decision that I made. I’m glad I got it over with so I can start focusing on the season.”
The 6-foot-4, 170-pounder earned 17 scholarship offers during the recruiting process and took official visits to MSU, Memphis, Arizona State and Miami. Ultimately, it was a chance to play for Ben Howland that helped the Bulldogs win out in the end.
“I think I can really fit in their style of play and be successful,” Tyson Carter said. “Coach Howland is a pretty good coach and has gotten a lot of guys into the NBA. That’s my ultimate goal at the end of the day, to make it to the NBA.”
Carter helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a Class 6A State Championship last season averaging 17 points, five assists and three rebounds per game. He is rated the No. 2 prospect in Mississippi for 2016, the 15th-best shooting guard and No. 91 overall prospect nationally.
As good as Carter was during his junior year at Starkville, it was on the AAU circuit this past summer that he really made a name for himself. Carter starred during tournaments in Atlanta, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Las Vegas.
“During the season last year, I started seeing that he could be a college basketball player and maybe even play at a higher level,” Greg Carter said. “But this summer he really stepped it up and solidified that. He was playing with so much confidence and controlled the game to a different extent than he had in the past. He was just so much more aggressive.”
Greg Carter lettered at MSU from 1988-91 earning first team All-SEC as a senior and was later an assistant coach for the Bulldogs from 1994-2001. The younger Carter has no reservations following in his father’s footsteps across town.
“I feel good it knowing that he played there and was successful there,” Tyson Carter said. “It’s sort of like a legacy thing.”
Greg Carter left the decision up to his son and did not try to sway him towards his alma mater.
“Throughout the whole process, I really tried to make sure that it wasn’t about me and him trying to continue what I did,” Greg Carter said. “I really wanted it to be about him. He really has a chance to make his name at Mississippi State and hopefully that’ll happen for him.”
Carter is the third State commitment for 2016 joining fellow four-stars Lamar Peters and Eli Wright. Carter plans to sign during the early signing period on Nov. 11.