Purdue Preview: Sterling Carter


Today's we'll look at the first of two 5th year senior transfers, Sterling Carter.


What He's Done

Sterling has had an interesting career. He initially committed to Pacific and even enrolled, before deciding that he wanted to play closer to home. At which point he joined the Seattle University squad. He was a bright spot for Seattle, connecting on the third most 3-pointers among freshmen during the 2010-11 season. He was the Redhawks' best player, but found himself out of favor with 1st year head coach Cameron Dollar (awesome name, by the way) and eventually left the team. The details around that situation are vague. He wasn't dismissed for disciplinary reasons, and it wasn't entirely his choice to leave. He had some good games last season, including one when he scored 20 points in 12 minutes, and he had some bad ones, but nothing immediately jumps out as obvious for why he left. It appears as though Coach Dollar wasn't comfortable handing the reins of the offense over to Carter, and it was mutually beneficial for the team to move in a different direction, and for Carter to focus on graduating and planning for where he was going to spend his 5th year of eligibility. That drama aside, he had a very nice career at Seattle. He was mostly known for his outside shooting (he's definitely not shy when it comes to putting up shots), but has contributed in a number of different ways. His career highs in a game are 28 pts (2x), 8 rbs, 13 ast, 3 stls (6x).


What We Can Expect

He's spent the last three seasons as his team's primary offensive weapon, so it'll be interesting to see how he adjusts to being further down on the priority list. He's been saying all the right things, focusing on his defense, leadership, and scoring when necessary. Carter could end up being quite a gem for Matt Painter and Purdue. If nothing else, he provides depth at a position where depth was a problem last season. Best case, he performs like he showed he was capable during the 2010-11 season and provides that extra bit that this team needs. It's unlikely that we'll see Sporty in the starting lineup, but by all accounts he's been holding his own so far in practice. It's really hard to predict the output of a 5th year senior transfer, since they have to adjust to a new system, new teammates, new coaches, etc... but if he can give Purdue a strong defense presence, shooting that can keep the defense honest, and leadership to guide the team when things get tough, then this will be a great pick-up for the Boilermakers.


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