By Joe Henricksen
Keith Carter, the veteran point guard for Proviso East, ended his recruitment on Friday with a commitment to coach Rick Majerus and Saint Louis. The 6-0 senior, who had committed to Loyola earlier this fall, is among the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s top dozen prospects in the Class of 2012.
Former Loyola head coach Jim Whitesell, who is now an assistant to Majerus, played a key role in the recruitment of Carter, who had a solid and consistent summer on the AAU circuit with Team NLP.
Carter led Proviso East to a 22-win season a year ago and will be the leader of a team that will be among the top five teams in the state this season. He’s a savvy, unselfish lead guard who has a little old school craftiness to his game. Carter may lack the ideal explosiveness and quickness of other guards, but he has a high basketball I.Q., vision and makes just enough plays to keep defenses honest.
Saint Louis has done a solid job of targeting Illinois prospects, with a pair of current sophomores — Dwayne Evans of Neuqua Valley and Mike McCall of Foreman — having both played key roles as freshmen last season. McCall played 29 minutes and averaged 10 points a game a year ago, while Evans averaged 8.5 points and 23 minutes a game.