SeMo Adds a Carpenter
The Southeast Missouri Redhawks added to their Class of 2017 by adding Justin Carpenter (Mt. Carmel, Illinois).
“I would like to say I have greatly appreciated all the time and effort coaches have put into recruiting me,” tweeted Carpenter. “Three years ago this was only a dream that seemed impossible, but with hard work and surrounding myself with the right people to push me everyday and make me a better person off the court as well as on the court, I am able to pursue my basketball career at the collegiate level.”
He continued with the words that mattered most to SeMo fans.
“I am very excited to announce that I will be continuing my academics and my basketball career at Southeast Missouri State University!”
Cape Girardeau is a state away, but the drive (for parents/friends) registers about three hours.
“Coming from barely 7,000 people to a place that has over 50,000 it has a big change,” said Carpenter. “I like it a lot. Some people call it a small town, but by no means am I calling it that.”
Carpenter likes the sprawling campus and identified a couple favorite places.
“And then I really loved their weight room,” said Justin Carpenter. “As soon as I stepped in there, I was like, ‘Wow.’ I loved it. The campus was huge. I really liked the coach. I really liked how he helped me through the recruiting process. He didn’t really go about it in a sales pitch type of way. He really helped me with everything.
Though Carpenter selected Southeast Missouri a month before Early Signing Period, he did cancel a couple official visits. He acknowledges regrets can occur, but this pick was not hurried or rash.
“You can always look back and go, ‘What if?’ But I don’t really see the need in that, because ever since I started cutting schools SeMo was always #1 or #2 on my list,” said Carpenter. “It is just more comfortable. It rolls off the tongue.”
Carpenter credited both the coaching staff and the academic meetings last weekend for securing his commitment.
“I want to deal with something in Computer Science and I met with the department head,” said Carpenter. “He really showed me a bunch of different degrees I could get and the prerequisites. It was how organized it all was with my major.”
According to Carpenter, he will have no problem selecting an attractive academic path. He is excited about the school-side of his choice.
Carpenter joins Khalil Cuffee and JuCo forward Olawale Odofin in the recruiting class. Look for the Redhawks to still add one guard.
As if his verbal commitment is not enough of an indication, Justin Carpenter believes Southeast Missouri will turn-around the program rapidly.
“The way that (Coach Ray) practices and the culture that he is building…he is doing it the right way,” said Carpenter. “As soon as I saw the practice, I can tell they are getting a lot better. I really like how he is developing the players. I want to be a part of that.”
For SeMo, Carpenter anticipates playing a stretch-four.
“I think they are going to a one-man in,” said Carpenter. I am more of a stretch four, so I will be able to stretch it out. It is a real motion/ball screen.”
Last week OVCHoops.com previewed Carpenter’s SeMo visit with an evaluation.