April 22, 2010

Texas power forward set to choose between Rebs, Tide

The decision won't be an easy one, and while he knows two programs are anxiously awaiting it, Jason Carter is in no hurry.

The 6-foot-8 power forward from Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas, has completed back-to-back visits to Ole Miss and Alabama on consecutive weekends earlier this month. Now, the New Orleans native must decide between the Rebels and the Crimson Tide, and that choice appears imminent.

"I've got to talk to my family, but I'm going to make it soon," Carter said late Wednesday. "It's going to be a pretty hard decision. I like both schools. What stood out at Ole Miss was I liked their practice facility, their staff, Coach (Michael) White, Coach AK (Andy Kennedy). I really was cool with their players, too. I like Ole Miss' players. I liked the academics, the FedEx Center. I liked that, too. With 'Bama, it's pretty much the same thing. I like the coaching staff, the players, the academics, the environment, the school, the town, stuff like that.

"I think it's going to come down to wherever my heart sends me, wherever my heart tells me to go. I can only go to one school. I like both schools, so I feel like wherever my heart sends me, that's where I'm going to go."

Carter was accompanied to both Oxford and Tuscaloosa by his parents. They don't appear to have a favorite either.

"They went up to Ole Miss and liked it a whole lot," Carter said. "When they went up to Alabama, they liked it a whole lot, too."

Carter, a three-star prospect who originally planned to spend a year in prep school before beginning his college career, saw his stock skyrocket after he averaged more than 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior. He said he plans to make his decision known later this week. He has offers from Arkansas and other programs, but he said he will definitely choose the Rebels or the Crimson Tide.

"I'm not going to say they're being patient," Carter said. "Everybody's wanting to hear things soon. Both schools are waiting to see what's up, so they can move on with the process.

"I'm being patient. If I was being quick, I'd be committed somewhere. I'm just being patient. I'm not rushing anything until I feel where I want to be."

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