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Carter is a senior at Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester, N.Y. He averaged 15.1 points per game as a junior. Last summer as a 16-year-old playing on a team full of 18- and 17-year-old players, he averaged 10.7 points for the Albany City Rocks in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.
“This is a great get for Dayton,” City Rocks President Jimmy Hart said. “The good thing for him is he’s a smart kid. He gets it. He’ll develop more under coach (Archie) Miller than he would in a prep school. Longer term this is a better decision for him. He’s a good student. He wants to go to college. He didn’t really want to go to prep school. A lot of people said to him, ‘Oh Naz, you’re only 16. The other kids are 17 or 18. You’re a perfect candidate.’ And he is. But some kids are trying to find a way to game the system. ‘If I do this, I’ll be ranked higher.’ Naz isn’t about that.”
Carter’s high school coach Kevin Goode described Carter as a phenomenal scorer and good athlete. He’s a three-star recruit who ranked 53rd at his position in the class of 2017, according to ESPN.
“He’s going to fit right into the system they’re playing,” Goode said. “He’s a true gym rat, always focusing on how he can get better. His 1-on-1 skills are phenomenal. He’s very hard to guard. He’s been growing every year since eighth grade, two inches, three inches. I want to say he grew another 2½ inches over the summer. He’s gotten stronger. We did a lot of weight training. He’s just going to be a man child in high school. He can jump out of the gym. He’s an exciting player.”