Keith Carter Selected to Participate in Basketball Trials

May 7, 1998

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Keith Carter, a junior guard on the Ole Miss men's basketball team, has been invited to participate in the 1998 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials, the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee announced on Thursday. Carter is one of 34 collegiate players from across the country selected to compete in the national team trials.

"First of all, I would like to congratulate Keith because it is such a great honor for him," said Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes. "It is also an honor for this team and our basketball program at Ole Miss that Keith has been invited to the trials. Keith has worked very hard for this, and I'm sure that he will go out to the trials and give his best.

"For Keith to be chosen as one of 34 collegiate players shows that he has put in the time and hard work it takes to be one of the top college players in the nation. In my estimation, he is definitely one of the best off-guards in the country. Keith is very deserving of this recognition, and we look for him to receive even more honors for the upcoming 1998-99 season."

The Perryville, Ark., native was named to the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference second team following his junior campaign in 1997-98. He was second on the squad in scoring with a 14.8 average and was third in rebounding with a 6.2 average. Carter scored the 1,000th point of his career in the Rebels' win over Vanderbilt on Feb. 11, and finished the season with 1,140 points which places him in the No. 17 spot on the Rebel career scoring chart.

The 6-foot-4 guard finished the 1997-98 season ranked among the SEC leaders in four statistical categories. Carter was seventh in scoring (14.8 ppg), 13th in rebounding (6.2 rpg), eighth in three-point field goal percentage (37.2 percent) and seventh in free throw percentage (76.6 percent). Carter's 6.2 rebounding average was tops among guards in the conference.

Carter is one of five SEC players invited to the trials. Georgia's Jumaine Jones, Kentucky's Scott Padgett and South Carolina's BJ McKie and Melvin Watson were also selected to compete at the trials.

The USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials will begin on May 29 and will conclude on May 31. The 12-member squad, which will represent the U.S. at the Goodwill Games, will be announced on June 1. The USA Goodwill Games Team will be USA Basketball's top men's collegiate squad this year. University of Minnesota head mentor Clem Haskins will serve as the team's head coach, and will be assisted by Eastern Michigan head coach Milton Barnes and St. Joseph's head coach Phil Martelli.

The 1998 Goodwill Games will be held July 19-24 at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., and the USA team will open play on July 19 against Puerto Rico. The squad will train July 5-12 in Minneapolis, Minn., before playing the 1998 USA Basketball Men's World Championship Team, comprised of players from the NBA, in an exhibition game on July 14 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.


 

 

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