Standout Sampson Carter Signs NLI With UMass Basketball
Nov. 19, 2008
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass men's basketball coach Derek Kellogg continues his tremendous success on the recruiting trail as he announced today that highly-touted forward Sampson Carter (Memphis, Tenn.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball with the Minutemen. Carter stands 6-8, 200 pounds and is currently playing basketball at the Winchendon School in Massachusetts after graduating from Ridgeway High School in Memphis.
Carter joins the class of dynamic scoring guard Freddie Riley (Ocala, Fla.) and talented swingman Javorn Farrell (Upper Marlboro, Md.), who signed with the Minutemen earlier during the NLI period.
"Sampson is a young man I have known for a long time," said Kellogg. "I actually had him in summer camp at Memphis way back when he was 10 years old. I have watched him grow from a young kid to a great young man. His maturation process is something that I have watched closely. He brings tremendous versatility to the program. He is a very long and athletic 6-8 player who can play multiple positions. He hasn't totally filled out to become a complete player yet, but he has all the attributes that we are looking for here at UMass. As much as anything, I love him as a person and I think he is going to be a great addition to our program. He can be a player that by his sophomore or junior year we will really be able to rely on him to be a high-level player.
"He is very long and athletic, but can really handle the ball. He shoots the ball fairly well. He just needs to work on being physically ready to play at the college level and that's why he is going to prep school for an extra year at Winchendon. Sampson wants to be able to come to UMass and make an impact as a freshman. He will have the opportunity and I'm excited to coach him because he has the type of length and size and athleticism that fits in very well for the dribble-drive offense."
According to Scout.com, Carter was ranked the No. 27 small forward in the nation in his class. ESPN gave him a grade of 81 on its scale for this year's recruits.
Carter is in his first year at Winchendon High School, coached by UMass alum Mike Byrnes. The school also produced UMass' prolific scorer Ricky Harris.
In his hometown of Memphis, Carter starred at Ridgeway High School for coach Wes Henning. Carter was named to the MVP of the Tennessee State Tournament in leading the Roadrunners to their fourth state title with a 34-3 record. Carter was named the Memphis Interscholastic Player of the Year as he averaged 17.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 59 percent from the floor including 39 percent from 3-point range. He was also named to the Memphis Commercial Appeal Class AAA First Team. Carter came up huge down the stretch for Ridgeway scoring 33 points in the regional final and 19 in the championship game win over White Station. The Roadrunners were ranked No. 24 in the nation by ESPN's High Elite Top 25.
He played his AAU basketball for the M33Magic for Ernie Kuyper and coach and most recently the Memphis Pacers coached by Eric Robinson.
Carter is the brother of UMass Director of Player Personnel Shyrone Chatman. Carter was born on Sept. 11, 1990 and is the son Alice Carter. His other siblings are Natasha and Marcus Chatman.
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