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March 25, 2006Entering its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorad Thirst Quenche named 2006 McDonald's All-American Demond Carter of Reserve Christian School in Reserve as its 2005-06 Louisiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The high-scoring Carter is one of the most intruiging players in this year's game in San Diego. Will the Baylor recruit shine against players with higher national rankings?
Gatorade, in partnership with Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director magazine, named State Boys Basketball Player of the Year award winners representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Carter, along with his fellow State Players of the Year, is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in late March.
Carter capped his career as one of high school basketball's most prolific scorers of all time. At the time of his selection as Gatorade State Player of the Year, Carter, a 5-foot-10-inch, 175-pound point guard, was averaging 33 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals per contest. A varsity starter since the seventh grade, Carter scored 7,254 points in his six-year prep career - including 74 in one game this season. A five-time All-State selection (he started on the varsity as a seventh grader) Carter was named Class B Player of the Year in 2005 and Class C Player of the Year in 2006.
RCS has already retired his jersey.
Carter is solid performer in the classroom as well, where he carries a 3.0 GPA. He is also active in his church as a counselor for underprivileged children.
Carter will attend Baylor University in the fall.
"Demond has enjoyed much success on the basketball court, yet remains humble and gracious," says Reserve Christian head coach and athletic director Timmy Byrd. "His character and integrity are beyond reproach."
The Gatorade Player of the Year program recognizes one winner in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in football and baseball (boys), volleyball and softball (girls), as well as soccer, basketball, and track & field (boys and girls). Each state winner, selected by a panel of sport-specific experts in conjunction with a national media advisory board, is chosen based on his or her outstanding accomplishments on and off the field of play. In addition to athletic performance, award criteria include the achievement in the classroom and overall character. For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a list of past winners, and the announcement of the Gatorade National Player of the Year, visit www.gatorade.com/playeroftheyear.
Carter joins recent Louisiana Boys Basketball Players of the Year Tasmin Mitchell (2004-05, Denham Springs HS), Glenn Davis (2003-04, University Lab HS), and Brandon Bass (2002-03, Capitol HS) among the state's list of former award winners. On Saturday night, Mitchell and Davis helped LSU reach the Final Four for the first time since 1986 when they werre led by 1984 McDonald's All-American John Williams.
Carter's selection as state player of the year is a no-brainer, but some were suprised to see the LaPlace native selected to play in this year's McDonald's game. StudentSportsBasketball.com had Carter listed as the nation's No. 44 ranked prospect in the Student Sports Hot 100. Some recruiting services didn't even have him in their top 100.
We feel Carter is worthy, but how will he match-up against the slew of talented guards in San Diego this week, including Tywon Lawson, Sherron Collins and Javaris Crittenton. Will he play more of a scoring role or will he shine alongside those top 20 prospects?
That's one of the intruiging questions of this year's post-season curcuit. Another is who will emerge as the No. 2 player behind Greg Oden. Kevin Durant was ranked No. 2 in the Hot 100 behind Oden and in front of Brandan Wright in a close call. They will renew their rivarly that started at the 2005 NIKE All-American this week in San Diego.
Stay tuned to StudentSportsBasketball.com for complete pratice reports and evaluations of all the players in attendance.
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