Bama Basketball Gets Its Big Man

Alabama Men's Basketball Coach Anthony Grant had added three guards in Grant's first full year to recruit for the Crimson Tide. On Friday evening, word came that Bama would also add a big man for the 2010-11 season.



Jason Carter, a 6-8, 230-pound forward, told 'BAMA Magazine and BamaMag.com that he would sign with Alabama.

"I just committed about five minutes ago," Carter said. "I called Coach Grant."

Carter, a native of New Orleans whose family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina, is living in Humble, Texas, and played for Christian Life Center Academy.

Here are some of Carter's comments Friday:

Why did you commit today?

"My parents and I got together and talked about everything. Alabama is where my heart is and that is where I wanted to be. I just decided to commit because I wanted to be no where else but at Alabama."

What on-and-off-the-court factors influenced your decision?

"I felt like I adapted to the environment. I liked the players. We got along well. I felt like I could be there and make Alabama my new home. I had a good relationship with the coaching staff. Not only Coach (Antoine) Pettway and Coach Grant, but I felt I connected with all the other coaches when I was in Tuscaloosa. I felt I could do well academically too."

How do you feel about finally making a commitment?

"It feels great. I feel relieved. I feel good."

What was Coach Grant's reaction?

"He was excited. He said welcome to the family, and he was speechless."

What were your initial comments to Coach Grant?

"I came right out and told him I wanted to be a part of the Crimson Tide basketball team."

What would you like to say to the Alabama faithful?

"I can't wait to be on the campus."

Christian Life Center Academy Head Coach Carlos Wilson comments about Jason Carter committing to The University of Alabama:

"We're very proud and excited that Jason has chosen Alabama. That is what guys come to Christian Life Center Academy for is to take the next step to go to the next level to play for a school in a good conference and get a great degree.

"At Alabama, he can achieve all that if he works hard. We are excited. We don't think there could have been a better choice than Alabama. We're all excited on our end about Jason going to Alabama."

What factors played a role in the decision?

"He just told me in our conversations that he said Coach Grant told him the truth and not what he needed to hear. Not saying anybody else told him differently, but a lot of time when people are recruiting you they tell you everything's going to be peaches and cream, we are going to be great, we're going to smile and we're going to have a fun time.

"Well Coach Grant actually told him the truth – ‘It's going to be tough, I'm going to be tough. You're going to be accountable. We want our kids to act a certain way. We want high character guys. We are going to work hard.'

"A lot of things kids don't want to hear. He said when Coach Grant told him that he kind of reminded him of myself, just telling the truth. He likes that, and he knows that he needs that along with he really enjoyed playing with the guys.

"He really felt like he fit in well. Socially at Alabama it was a good fit. All those factors combined I think and the possibility to play early influenced his decision."

Speaking about Coach Grant:

"He's a no nonsense coach. He does have a good personality, but he just keeps everything in perspective. He knows there is a time and place for everything and he (Jason) was like, ‘Coach, that is similar to you.'"

Additional comments from Coach Wilson:

"Just as a program, every time a kid signs with a college, it really makes me proud. It really shows the directions that our program is headed when guys get a chance to choose between great schools like Ole Miss and Alabama. Hopefully in the future this won't be our last player to go to Alabama. We'll just continue with this relationship and build upon it and hopefully send some more players to Alabama in the future."