Three games and 39 minutes from 2012 has cost Valparaiso’s Keith Carter a season of college eligibility.
The Crusaders guard was denied a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA on Wednesday, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana.
As a freshman at St. Louis, Carter played in the Billikens’ first two games of the 2012-13 season and once more on Dec. 19 before suffering a foot injury. Interim coach Jim Crews would not allow Carter to redshirt that season, and he subsequently transferred, playing the second semester of the 2013-14 season for Valpo.
“I wish I would’ve never played half a season at Valpo,” Carter told The Times, “and I would’ve just sat out the whole year.”
Valpo worked with St. Louis to try to get Carter a medical redshirt for that season but to no avail, according to the Times.
Carter averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 assists per game in what proved to be his final season as a Crusader.
Now, Valpo will be left waiting to learn the fate of another one of its players. Alec Peters, who averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season, has declared for the NBA Draft, but has not hired an agent. He was not invited to this week’s NBA Draft Combine, but still is able to work out for teams and has two weeks before he needs to decide whether to return or not for his senior season.