November 28, 2007

Bama looks for success in limiting Carter

When Alabama faces No. 9 Texas A&M Wednesday at 8:20 p.m. at Reed Arena in College Station, it will be a reunion of sorts for three players and one coach on the floor. Alabama head coach Mark Gottfried was an assistant to Villanova head coach Jay Wright this summer at the Pan-Am Games for the United States national team.

Gottfried took two of his players from Alabama to the team trials in Pennsylvania in forward Richard Hendrix and guard Alonzo Gee. While there the three met and played with the lone A&M invitee, small forward Josh Carter.

Hendrix and Gee were both cut during the first cut, but Carter moved on to later be one of the last players left off the Pan-Am Games roster.

"Josh Carter was with Alonzo and me this summer at the Pan American Games Trials," Hendrix said. "He's a good player, a really good athlete. He can shoot the ball well. He was obviously good enough to make the first cut at the Trials, so he's a player to reckon with."

Gottfried echoed some of the same sentiments when talking about Carter, who he was able to coach for a short period of time this summer.

"Josh Carter was with us at the Pan Am Trials. I've gotten to know Josh a little bit," Gottfried said. "He's a great, great young guy, but he's a terrific player and a great shooter at 6-6, 6-7. I think he led the nation in 3-point field goal percentage last year."

Carter, however, went cold in New York City during the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. He shot five for 19 from the field, two for 12 from 3-point range and averaged just seven points after having double digits in each game and averaging 16 points per game prior to New York.

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