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VU's Darius Carter verbally commits to Final Four Cinderella Wichita State

UPublish story by Troy Guthrie, Sports Information Director, Vincennes University

Vincennes University sophomore forward Darius Carter has verbally committed to NCAA Final Four participant Wichita State to continue his college basketball career.

Carter, a versatile 6-7 forward from Akron, OH, made VU Coach Todd Franklin aware of the verbal commitment earlier today.

NCAA recruits can sign national letters of intent later this month.

"We're obviously very happy and excited for Darius," 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 (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."

Franklin added, "Darius comes from an outstanding family, and that's where success starts for a young person. He's an outstanding young man who represents Vincennes University very well."

Carter averaged 15.8 points (tied for first on team) on 54 percent shooting and a team-leading 8.3 rebounds (plus blocking 70 shots) in 2012-13 as the Trailblazers (33-4) finished fourth in the NJCAA Div. I Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, KS. He was one of two VU players named to the All-Tournament team after he scored 78 points and pulled down 32 rebounds in VU's four tournament games.

As a freshman in 2011-12, Carter averaged 11.6 ppg (.536 field goal percentage) and 8.4 rebounds.

Viewed by NCAA Div. I programs as a power forward who can score both in the low post or from mid-range as a jump shooter, Carter created match-up problems for bigger post defenders because of his quickness and ability to score off the dribble when necessary. He can also outmuscle smaller defenders.

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