In January Etiwanda senior guard Garrett Carter made a verbal commitment to NCAA Division II Chico State. A month later he de-committed.
Today he signed with Cal State Los Angeles, which plays in the same conference.
“We just weren’t on the same page,” said Carter, a second-team All-Inland Valley selection the last two years. “They didn’t seem to want me as they first said they did.”
Carter said he got a D in a particular class and needed a special admittance to get in which the school could have given but opted not to.
As soon as his decision to back out of that commitment was made public, Carter says Cal State Los Angeles pursued him heavily. He went and worked out with the team and had a good rapport with the players and coaching staff.
That made his decision easy.
“They really wanted me and I think they’ll treat me right,” Carter said, of the school with which he signed.”
Carter never did visit Chico State. He had one planned during spring break but never took it after backing out of the commitment.
Etiwanda senior basketball standout Garrett Carter has made a verbal commitment to Chico State.
He has yet to visit the school but plans to do so in March during spring break.
Some Division I schools were interested including Florida State but he opted to go with the Division II school which plays in the California Collegiate Athletic Association along with several other Southern California schools.
“They have been interested in me for a long time and I just felt a lot of love from them,” he said. “I think it will be a great place for me.”
Carter, a 6-foot-guard, was a second-team All-Inland Valley selection last year. He has had a knack for making big shots. Most notable was his game-winning shot at Mater Dei in the Open Division semifinal last March won by the Eagles 52-49. He had 13 in that game including several clutch plays in the closing minute.
Carter plans to major in mass communications or broadcasting.
The Etiwanda boys basketball team has been among the state’s elite under the direction of Dave Kleckner.
The Eagles struggled a little earlier this year, likely because they were working through some growing pains after graduating their go-to player the previous few years in Jordan McLaughlin.
A scarey thought for future foes – the Eagles are clicking on all cylinders now.
The lost to both Damien and Chino Hills the first time through Baseline League play. They crushed both the second. They may have been dethroned by Damien but they have shown they’re stilla force to be reckoned with.
Senior Kameron Edwards, who has signed with Pepperdine, is leading the charge and has emerged as that go-to player. Then there’s the consistent contribution of another senior Delewis Johnson.
The Eagles (19-7, 7-2) also have some solid role players and they’re pretty deep.
They’re not a foe anyone is going to want to see in the playoffs.
Here’s what the players had to say after a convincing win over Chino Hills Tuesday night.