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With the impending graduation of Angel Rodriguez following this season, the Miami Hurricanes basketball team will see its point guard depth greatly diminished. With Ja’Quan Newton a potential breakout early-entry candidate in 2017, finding a 2016 recruit to learn at his hip and be ready to take over soon after is a top priority. With two other targets committing elsewhere, the Canes are hopeful that Tyson Carter, one of this summer’s rising stars, will fill the void. StateofTheU had a chance to talk with Carter after his recent official visit to Coral Gables.

Tyson Carter

A Starkville, Miss., native, Carter played coy when asked if he had any leaders. "It's all about the same. I don't really have any school in front yet", Carter said.  "After we get done with these visits my family and I will sit down and talk about all of this."  While Miami is in good position with Carter, he has long been rumored to follow in his father's footsteps at Mississippi State. However, while the idea of staying home appeals to him, Carter told us, "My father will let me make my own decision". He hopes to announce shortly after taking his final official visit to Ohio State on the weekend of October 17 and to sign in November. The other contenders for his signature are Arizona State and Memphis.

Carter said that his visit to Miami, where he was hosted by junior swingman Davon Reed, was "great", and that he really liked the campus. He admitted that he didn't know much about the program before we started recruiting him, but that he learned a lot about the school and Coach Jim Larrañaga in due time. "He's a good guy and coach", Carter said. "He coached some pretty good teams in the past. I know he's been successful in his career." Carter told us that he wants to go to "a place where I can come in and contribute right away and just fits my game and style of play fits the way I play."

Carter is a versatile player who can play both on and off the ball, and would be a good fit for a Miami team that typically runs through its guards. "I can score. I can shoot and handle the ball and I can defend the ball", Carter said. Though Carter "blew up" over the summer, picking up nine high-major offers, he knows there is still work to do. "I need to work on getting stronger and playing lower."

He attributes a change in attitude to his late rise. "Back in the spring, I wasn't playing with much confidence", he said. "In June, I worked on my game a lot, and in the July live period I played like I did during my high school season. I played with a lot of confidence and shot the ball well and [played] more aggressively on offense and defense", Carter explained.

Like many recruits, Carter describes himself as "laid back". "Most of the time, I like to go to the gym and hang out with my friends."

With Carter a top priority for the Canes, the coaching staff hopes he'll choose to hang out in Coral Gables for the next four years.

As always, a tip of the hat to SOTU's CanesHoops consigliere, Josh Frank @JoshDaCane for his help with this story.

Here's a quick highlight of his game: