March 13, 2012

Two years later, Carter picks Ole Miss

Jason Carter had no interest in going through the recruiting process again.

After struggling through a difficult season before finally choosing Alabama over Ole Miss two years ago, Carter knew what he wanted to do this time.

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward from Houston, Texas, left Alabama after one season and transferred to Chipola (Fla.) College. On Tuesday, Carter committed to Ole Miss, becoming the fourth member of the Rebels' 2012 recruiting class.

"I've had a long-time relationship with Ole Miss," Carter said. "I already knew Coach (Andy) Kennedy. I was familiar with the system. I didn't have to go through the whole process. I just felt like that made me feel comfortable with them and stuff like that. I'm real excited to get back into the SEC."

Carter has averaged 11.4 points and 5.1 rebounds this season for Chipola, shooting 47.6 percent from the floor, 32.1 percent from behind the 3-point line and 62.7 percent from the free throw line. He is still recovering from a meniscus injury suffered earlier in the season.

"I'm not 100 percent, but I'm definitely recovering," Carter said. "My rehab is going real good. I'm working out and strengthening."

Carter gives Ole Miss yet another big body for the 2012-13 season. The Rebels will return forward Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner as well as reserves Aaron Jones and Demarco Cox. Freshman LaDarius White and signee Anthony Cortesia figure to be leading candidates to replace forward Terrance Henry's minutes. Henry's college career will end after the NIT.

"I watched them a little bit," Carter said. "I watched a couple of games. They're telling me I can help Murphy and Reginald rebound. We're going to have a big, tough team. Coach Kennedy knows I'm capable."

Carter will sign with Ole Miss next month and report to Oxford this summer. Next season, of course, Carter will face his former team twice. He insisted Tuesday the games against the Crimson Tide won't be a big deal.

"It's just going to be another game," Carter said. "It won't be anything more than that. I'm still good friends with (several Alabama players). It won't be anything like that."

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