Upon his signing with Ole Miss 6-8 power forward Jason Carter was a player many thought capable of having an immediate impact for the Rebels after playing at Chipola JC last season.
Unfortunately for Carter he got off to a bad start in Oxford, as head coach Andy Kennedy suspended him before the first exhibition game for a violation of team rules.
Carter was never reinstated, and on Friday Kennedy announced that the junior was dismissed from the program.
Along with Marshall Henderson (Utah), Carter was a junior college transfer who began his college career at another Division I school. Carter played 16 games at Alabama in 2010-11, averaging 6.0 minutes, 1.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game before deciding to transfer to Chipola.
Possessing the ability to step out to the three-point line, Carter was a power forward expected to fill a role that the Rebels were lacking in last season.
Frankly Ole Miss will be fine in the aftermath of Carter’s dismissal, because as stated above he’d yet to play in a game due to the original suspension. There may be a question to answer in regards to their front court depth as the Rebels get closer to the start of SEC play, but Ole Miss does have four interior players who are at least 6-8.
Ole Miss will be tested on Saturday night when they take on Middle Tennessee but they could go without a serious challenge in the paint until their SEC opener against Tennessee on January 9.
With Henderson averaging a team-high 17.2 points per contest it would have been nice for both of Ole Miss’ junior college transfers to be productive. Unfortunately that didn’t turn to be the case for Jason Carter.
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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.
LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.
Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).
All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.
The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.
Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.
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