Proviso East Senior Signs Letter of Intent: Accepts Full Athletic Scholarship to St. Louis University
November 18, 2011 08:45 AM
Maywood, IL...As the story goes, Proviso East senior Keith Carter grew up sitting in the stands at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament and marveling at the talent on the floor. Ever since Carter was young, he has dreamed of starring on the same court as his hoops heroes. This week, Carter, his mother, and Proviso East basketball coach Donnie Boyce all gathered in the Proviso East Board Room to help make that dream come true.
On Monday, November 14th, Keith Carter signed his official letter of intent to accept a full athletic scholarship to play basketball with St. Louis University. Standing at 6 feet tall, Carter is a four-year starting point guard with the Proviso East Pirates. He was deemed the No. 9 ranked player in the Hoops Report's Class of 2012 player rankings in Illinois. He led Proviso East to a 22-win season a year ago, and because of his leadership and talent, the Pirates are expected to be among the top five teams in the state of Illinois this coming season. Needless to say, hopes have always been high for what Carter could achieve after high school. On the day of his official signing, his mother was the first to congratulate him on taking a leap and making his dreams come true.
"I am so proud of my son," she said. "He keeps setting his goals higher and higher, and I am very proud of him. I can truly say that he is a good kid. I’m just proud."
Carter had scholarship offers from Loyola University, Creighton University, Northern Illinois, Indiana State, and the University of Toledo. He chose St. Louis University to work with all-star talent basketball coach Rick Majerus. Prior to working as a college basketball analyst for ESPN, Majerus amassed a 422-147 career head coaching record and took his teams to the postseason 15 times. He is known as one of the most passionate basketball coaches in America, but Carter has his own perception.
"He’s a legend," said Carter. "He can teach me more about the game, and he can help me prepare myself for the next level. Here I learned hard work, discipline, and responsibility. I learned that from school, the community, my family, and everyone around me. Now I am looking forward to going off on my own. I’m ready."
Carter is still deciding on his college major, but he is considering business and accounting or sports management.
Congratulations Keith! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.