Senior guard CJ Carter putting on a show for UNO hoops
January 27th, 2015
The University of Nebraska at Omaha menâ€™s basketball team currently has an 8-11 record on the season. They are led by Omaha native senior guard CJ Carter who is averaging a team high 17.6 point per game. KVNOâ€™s Brandon McDermott has a profile of Carter in this Maverick update.
Omaha, NE – CJ Carter came to the University of Nebraska at Omaha before the Mavericks had begun the transition to Division-I.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/final.mp3]
He had committed to UNO while they were still a D-II school, but the change didnâ€™t sway Mavs head coach Darrin Hansen. Even after the change, the scholarship stood. Carter himself had no reservations about his ability on the hardwood.
â€œI didnâ€™t have any doubts at all, its basketball, itâ€™s basically just working hard at practice and doing what you have to do,â€ Carter said. â€œI felt confident coming in and got the chance to start my freshman year so that was great for me. Iâ€™ve done well ever since then now I just hope to finish off my career great here.â€
The stats back that up. Carter has poured in 1,346 points, 313 assists and 139 steals, with ten games left in his Mav career. It was however, the game last week against IUPUI which stood out more than any other, statistically speaking. Carter scored 45 points, the second most in Mav history, on 19-of-25 shooting, including 7-of-8 from beyond the arc. UNO dropped the game 89-84, but that wasnâ€™t due to a lack of trying on Carterâ€™s part, as he made three baskets in the final minute of play.
â€œIt was an amazing feeling to score 45 points in a game just…thatâ€™s a blessing,â€ Carter said. â€œNot too many kids can say theyâ€™ve done that on the D-I level. Iâ€™m glad to say I did that in front of my family and friends.â€
Carter moved into 10th place in total scoring in school history with the effort, as well as s etting a UNO record for most baskets scored in a game (19). But he was quick to brush off praise, as he pointed out the Mavs lost the game. Carter said one of his other career highlights included playing against the Huskers.
â€œPlaying against Nebraska my sophomore year as well as last year that was great,â€ Carter said. â€œJust to be able to play in front of a Big Ten school that was nice. Iâ€™ve had a lot of great experiences here with both the players and coaches.â€
Carter earned honorable mention All-Summit status after averaging 13.5 ppg last year for UNO. He may be on track for 1st team honors this year, as he is averaging 17.6 ppg. He lauded the help he has gotten from Coach Hansen in his development as a player.
â€œI love Coach Hansen, heâ€™s a great guy,â€ Carter said. â€œIâ€™m just glad he gave me the scholarship to place her and I thank him for that. Iâ€™m glad he chose me, he is a great coach and an unbelievable person.â€
Carter is just two points away from ninth place all time in UNOâ€™s career scoring list, behind former Mav John Karhoff. He should move up that list tomorrow night in Brookings against South Dakota State. Tip-off is set for 7pm at Frost Arena.
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