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South Carolina Transfer Devin Carter Announces Commitment

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Head coach Ed Cooley of the Providence Friars talks to his players during a time outthe Big East Men's Basketball Tournament first round game against the Butler Bulldogs at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

South Carolina transfer Devin Carter has picked a new landing spot. According to On3's Joe Tipton, the guard committed to Providence on Sunday.

Carter spoke fondly of head coach Ed Cooley, who earned 2022 Naismith Men’s College Coach Of The Year Award honors after leading the Friars to their first regular-season Big East title and a Sweet 16 appearance.

“Coach Cooley has easily recruited me the hardest that I’ve ever been recruited, and that stood out,” Carter told Tipton. “The relationship I made with him in such a short timespan is crazy. I can’t wait to put on a Friar uniform and get started.”

As a freshman, Carter averaged 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 18.7 minutes per game for the Gamecocks. The 6-foot-3 guard from Florida made seven starts but entered the transfer portal after the program fired head coach Frank Martin.

According to Tipton, Carter considered Arkansas, LSU, Oregon, UConn, and UNLV before choosing Providence, who also welcomed Louisville transfer Noah Locke on Friday. Forward Clifton Moore also transferred from La Salle after registering 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season.

Carter's father, Anthony, played for six different NBA teams over 13 seasons before landing a job as the Miami Heat's Player Development Coach. His son could receive a far bigger role next season.

Led by seniors Nate Watson, Al Durham, and Noah Horchler last season, Providence needed to replenish its roster to stay atop the Big East. Having done just that, Cooley appears to be building a formidable program.