H: 6' 7"|
W: 195 lbs
(27 Years Old)
|Agent: Eric Fleisher ||
High School: Lake Highlands
Hometown: Dallas, TX
|Year||Source||Height w/o Shoes||Height w/shoes||Weight||Wingspan||Standing Reach||Body Fat||No Step Vert||Max Vert|
|2009||Portsmouth||6' 6.25"||6' 7"||195||6' 11.5"||NA||NA||NA||NA|
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big 12 (Part Three: #11-15)|
September 8, 2008
After a solid sophomore season, Josh Carter didn’t have quite the breakout junior season he had hoped for, failing to take advantage of the greater offensive role that came his way. While the departure of floor general and shotmaker Acie Law opened up a lot more shots for Carter in the Aggies’ offense, it also decreased the quality of many of those shots, without Law to set them up for him.
Carter did manage to slightly increase his scoring to 12.2 points per game, but with his field goal percentage dropping 7 points to 42%, his three-point percentage dropping 12 points to 38%, and his eFG% dropping a remarkable 13 points to 53%, it’s hard to see that as a good thing.
In terms of what he looked like on the floor, there really wasn’t much different about Carter’s skills, just his role. His shot looked the same and he still was absolutely deadly at times, but he is a much better shooter when he gets his feet set and his body squared, and this season he had defenders sticking him tougher and closing in on him faster, making it harder for him to do those things. Carter does show flashes of ability to hit shots coming off screens, fading away, and pulling up off the dribble, but he doesn’t do it consistently enough, something that was a problem last season as well. After a pretty consistent start to the season in terms of scoring production every night, Carter’s point totals began to fluctuate wildly again towards the latter half of the conference schedule.
With the ball, Carter looks very comfortable in space, and is still capable of making one or two dribble drives to the basket, but he doesn’t take it all the way there often. On the contrary, he’s actually developed a nice mid-range game with runners, floaters, and fadeaways, where he shows good touch and body control. While his ball-handling looks comfortable in space, and he has the first step to get past his man, he struggles to get all the way to the basket because of a high center of gravity, lack of change of direction ability with the ball, a high dribble, and the inability to make advanced moves in space. Off the ball, Carter shows very good recognition of angles and space, doing a good job to cut off screens or lose his man to get open for lay-ups at the basket.
Defensively, Carter makes good use of his length on perimeter defense, and shows a good stance and commitment, but often being assigned to smaller guards, he lacks the lateral quickness to stay in front. His high center of gravity also hurts him when having to change directions, even though he does a good job of getting into squad position. His hustle, length, and athletic abilities allow him to make some weakside plays in terms of blocks and steals, but they are far and few between, as he averages just 0.8 blocks/steals combined per game.
As a senior, the pressure is on Carter to pick up where he left off as a sophomore, and it will be interesting to see if he can bring his shooting percentages back to where they were without so many wide open jumpers. Carter is likely someone we’ll be seeing at the pre-draft camps in the offseason, and he should have ample opportunities to prove he’s worth taking a shot on in the NBA. With a great shooting touch and good size for a wing, he definitely has a chance, but he’s going to need to help himself more than he did as a junior.
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Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big 12 (Part Two: #6-#10)
October 10, 2007
Josh Carter enters the 07-08 season as one of the top shooters in college basketball. He shot a sizzling 50% from beyond the arc as a sophomore, while connecting on nearly three 3-point shots per game. The loss of Acie Law to the NBA could possibly hurt the talented wing, in that he will not have a formidable point guard able to create shots for him. However, the loss of Law also means that the Aggies will be running many more offensive sets for Carter, allowing him to free up for even more three point attempts as a junior.
Easily the most intriguing part of Carter’s game is his ability to shoot the ball at 6 foot 7. He possesses excellent size for a wing player, allowing him to shoot the ball over virtually any defender that he goes up against. Of all of the wing prospects eligible for the draft, his 50% accuracy from 3-point land is easily the highest. Although the form on the Aggie junior’s shot may be a bit unorthodox (he shoots the ball from the left side of his head), it does not seem to affect his ability to put the ball through the rim.
While shooting is the bread and butter of Josh’s offense, he also displays a solid first step for a player his size. His marginal ball-handling skills were masked by his ability to blow by opposing defenders on the perimeter, in the rare occasions that he actually chose to take the ball to the rim. Given the fact that defenses will be focusing on Carter more this season, he will likely have to prove that he is much more than just a standstill shooter.
Ball-handling and lack of creativity off of the dribble are surely the two biggest weaknesses Carter’s offensive game owns. He is very much a “two dribble, straight line guy” in that he usually will only put the ball on the floor one or two times en route to the rim. You will not see a nifty crossover from the junior, nor will you will any sort of move to free himself up for a pull-up jumper off the dribble. Despite the fact that he is a below average ball-handler for a wing, Carter is not turnover prone at all. Owning an assist to turnover ratio of 2:1, he has shown to be one of the better decision making wings that the Big 12 has to offer—largely due to the fact that he knows his limitations and did not try to do much more than hit open shots that were created for him.
Consistency has also proven to be a major problem with the Carter. In six games this past season, he scored 5 or less points in a game, even posting a goose egg in a loss against Texas Tech. At the polar opposite, he also had six games of 20 or more points, including a dominant 26 point performance in a blowout win versus Texas. With Carter now being well on the radar of most NBA teams, he will surely have to improve upon his ability to put points on the board with more regularity, given that he is close to be considered a one dimensional player at this point in time—even if we’re not completely certain that that wasn’t just him playing the role that was asked of him at Texas A&M .
Defensively, Josh does a very nice job guarding smaller players on the perimeter. His size, lateral quickness, and long arms allow him to contest smaller players’ shots on a consistent basis. Often guarding smaller players, Carter stood out as one of the better defenders on Texas A&M. One area that he did struggle in a bit was his ability to defend stronger wings who took him down to the low post. This is an area that Carter will surely improve upon with added strength to his wiry 195 pound frame.
With Joseph Jones and DeAndre Jordan manning the paint for the Aggies, Carter will enter the season as his team’s best perimeter scoring threat. Having two capable big men on the blocks will allow him to get open looks on the outside, and improve his scoring average if he is able to maintain anything near his three point percentage from last season. Josh will certainly be a player who NBA personnel will be watching closely due to his size and ability to shoot the ball. Given the recent success of bigger shooters such as Jason Kapono and Kyle Korver, the chances of Carter finding his way in the league at the conclusion of his A&M career look strong if he can continue to establish a role for himself a lights out perimeter threat.
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NCAA Weekly Performers, 2/8/07-- Part Two
February 8, 2007
Josh Carter had his coming out party in a career game against Texas on Monday night. He came within 2 points of setting his season high, but it was his strong play during key parts of the game that separated this performance. Carter plays an important role for a talented Texas A&M team as a sophomore, but he is just now starting to emerge as a legitimate prospect and has some room to grow as a player before he’ll be ready for that stage.
Against Texas, Carter started the game by scoring on a baseline drive to the basket. His next two baskets came from behind the three point line, where he has scored the majority of his points this season. He finished the first half with 8 points, but really turned it on in the second half by scoring 16 points, including many at key turns in the game. In the second half he started going to the basket with good success, and he continued to shoot well from behind the three point line. He made a couple jumpers while driving towards the basket, and had a tip-in layup to give A&M a 12 point lead with 4:23 remaining in the game.
In addition to his scoring contribution, Carter displayed good rebounding and passing ability. On two different drives to the hoop, he threw a nice crisp pass to a cutting teammate. On the glass, he used his length to get his hands on the ball. Overall it was a great all-around effort for the sophomore from the Dallas area.
Carter’s ability to shoot the three point jumper has helped both him and his team greatly throughout much of this season. He gets the ball off quickly, and has a nice, high-arching shot. On the season, he has hit the three point shot at an unbelievable clip of nearly 50%, making over two attempts per game. Carter has also been improving his ability to shoot on the move. This skill is still developing, but he’s hit jumpers off screens and off the dribble with limited success this season. When watching Carter play, it’s easy to notice how smooth he moves on the basketball court.
Josh Carter will have to make some improvements to his game before he is ready to play in the NBA. Right now he has good size to play the 2 or 3 in the NBA at 6’7,” but his frame lacks any type of real bulk. This often causes him to avoid contact, and he goes down to the floor hard once he does take contact. This also hurts his ability to finish inside, which is one of the weaker parts of his game to begin with. Carter doesn’t possess much creativity near the basket either, though he does get a high jumper off pretty easily from inside the paint. He also lacks the ball-handling skills to get to the hoop on a regular basis, but he does a good job of using the pump fake to gain an edge on the dribble drive.
Defensively, Carter will need to work on his focus, and more muscle on his body would help here as well. He doesn’t have the greatest lateral quickness in the world, but generally does a good job at using his length to stay in front of his man.
The biggest problem revolving around Carter at this point is his lack of consistency. Even as a stand-still shooter he can go completely cold at times, and he has the tendency to score his points in bursts.
As a sophomore, Carter has a lot of nice tools to work with in terms of being a shooting specialist, but he needs some work on his all-around game and body before he can play in the NBA. Contributing to a Texas A&M run would greatly help his draft stock, but the best thing he can do at this point is show up next season and prove that he can take over the role as the team’s go-to option on offense. He’ll certainly have a chance to with Acie Law graduating, and we’ll then learn just how serious of a prospect he really is.
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