Saint Mary’s has received a verbal commitment from 6’2” guard Kerry Carter from Citrus College. The West Covina native averaged 20.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game last season while shooting 40.3% from the field and 32.3% from three point range.
Carter had originally committed to Cal State Fullerton in November, but then opened up his recruitment shortly after. He has also participated in the JUCO Showcase All-American Elite 80.
The commitment gives the Gaels some relief, as they were still trying to find a replacement from not only All-American Matthew Dellavedova who ended his career as the all-time leading scorer at Saint Mary’s, but also top recruit Cullen Neal who de-committed from Saint Mary’s just a few weeks ago to return home to New Mexico and play for his father who was promoted to head coach at UNM.
Carter will make a good fit for the Gaels and should get some minutes next season as a back up guard behind Stephen Holt. He is described as “explosive to the rim” type of guard. His shooting percentages don’t necessarily stand out too much, but Saint Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett makes it a point to take a average shooter and make them better, which is why Carter could thrive in Bennett’s system once he gets his three point shooting percentage higher.