Former West Charlotte center Simeon Carter, who originally committed to Southern Methodist, will play in college at Iowa State.
West Charlotte High coach Baronton Terry told the Observer that Carter, a 6-foot-9 forward, wasn’t admitted to SMU, although he was qualified by NCAA standards.
Terry said SMU officials notified him of the school’s new higher enrollment standards and how they would affect Carter, who led West Charlotte to the N.C. 4A state semifinals. Carter committed to SMU – and former Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown – in late April.
“Larry Brown is still cool with him and said ‘I’ll do everything I can do to help the kid,’” Terry said. “Larry said he might be a pro.”
Last season, Carter averaged 14.5 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. He’s grown an inch, to 6-9, since the season ended. Terry said he was measured with a 7-foot wingspan.
At Iowa State, he’ll join a team that is ranked in the top five in some preseason polls, and led by first-year coach Steve Prohm.
Terry said Oregon, Kansas State and Temple were among the schools interested in Carter before he signed with Iowa State.
“He went up to Iowa State, and he liked it,” Terry said. “He’s got a shot there.”