Purdue has added a piece in their back court, as Seattle transfer Sterling Carter announced his decision to play for the Boilermakers next season.
“People kind of know me as a 3-point shooter, but I really think my strength is defense,” Carter told the Indy Star. “I really like coach Painter’s honesty. And I like the returning players. I felt very good about Purdue when I visited in April.”
“I enjoyed getting to know Terone Johnson and Travis Carroll. I hope I can help them maybe win a Big Ten championship in their senior year.”
Carter will be eligible to play immediately, and he could end up having a significant impact for the Boilermakers. As a redshirt freshman, he averaged 13.5 points for the Redhawks, but he saw his production decrease every year. He left the Seattle team 10 games into last season, when he was averaging 7.3 points.
This could cause a problem at Purdue, however.
There’s also a Sterling Carter on the football team.
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Nic Moore scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half and added 11 assists as No. 16 SMU knocked off Gonzaga in Moody Coliseum on Saturday night, 69-60.
The Zags got 20 points and 16 boards from Domantas Sabonis, but Kyle Wiltjer scored just four points and shot 2-for-17 from the floor.
It wasn’t pretty.
And it may have been the end of Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament hopes.
Entering Saturday, the Zags had an RPI in the mid-60s, enough to keep them in the bubble conversation but not enough to make them anything more than a team that will be projected to end up on the cut-line.
The issue is a complete lack of quality wins on their résumé. Gonzaga beat UConn in the Bahamas. That’s a borderline top 50 win. They beat Washington, another borderline top 50 win. Beyond that? They swept Pepperdine, beat Tennessee and own a win over Montana. None of those are top 100 wins, and that’s why the SMU game was such a big deal. The Mustangs are a top 25 team. This was a road game. This win was the kind of thing that the Zags could pin at the top of their profile.
But Wiltjer didn’t show up, the Zags had no answer for Moore and they’ll head back to Spokane needing, in all likelihood, to win the WCC’s automatic bid if they want to dance.
Cal picked up a big win over Oregon State in Haas Pavilion on Saturday night, and the exclamation point was this emphatic dunk from Jaylen Brown: