Akron native Darius Carter has orally committed to play Division I college basketball at Wichita State University next season.
Carter is a sophomore forward at Vincennes University, a junior college in Indiana. He will have two years of eligibility to play at Wichita State, which is a Final Four participant this weekend.
Carter, who is 6-foot-7 and 230-pounds, graduated from Firestone High School in 2011. He can sign a national letter of intent later this month.
“We’re obviously very happy and excited for Darius,” Vincennes coach Todd Franklin said. “I think it will be an outstanding fit because [Shockers] coach [Gregg] Marshall and his staff do an outstanding job, and Darius will be a good player in that league [the Missouri Valley Conference].
“He played at an All-American level for us, but I think he can be even better. His best basketball could actually be ahead of him.”
Carter averaged 15.8 points (tied for first on team) this season on 54 percent shooting and grabbed a team-leading 8.3 rebounds. He also blocked 70 shots as the Trailblazers (33-4) finished fourth in the NJCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. He was one of two Vincennes players named to the All-Tournament team after he scored 78 points and grabbed 32 rebounds in four tournament games.
As a freshman, Carter averaged 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He made 53.6 percent from the field.
Carter played for coach Joe Wojcik at Firestone and earned All-City Series honors, in addition to being named to All-Northeast Ohio district and All-Ohio teams. Dave Milo, the Falcons current coach, was an assistant coach when Carter was in high school.
“I like Darius a lot,” Milo said. “He is a great kid and comes from a very nice family. I still think he has some very good basketball ahead of him. I have seen him play a lot. The sky is really the limit for him because he is a hard worker.”
Carter averaged around 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks per game his senior seasons at Firestone.