Former O'Dea HIgh standout didn't find a spot in the rotation and becomes the second Washington player to transfer since the season ended.
Freshman Michael Carter III is the latest Washington Huskies reserve to announce he’s transferring to play basketball at another school.
Carter, who averaged just 1.3 points and 7.3 minutes while playing in 17 games as a backup point guard, got off to a slow start and tallied just one point in the first four games. Then he missed 11 games and sat out six weeks after fracturing his hand in November.
Following his return, Carter had a nice three-game stint that included a nine points in 19 minutes performance – both season highs – during a 70-62 loss at Utah on Jan. 18.
However, he tallied just two points in the next five games. Carter didn’t play in six of the final 10 games and was unable to find a spot in the rotation despite being one of three point guards on the team. Without a steady backup, junior guard David Crisp was forced to average 34.6 minutes – the most on the team.
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“After a lot of thought, consideration, and discussion with my family I feel that it’s best I get my release and transfer from the University of Washington,” Carter said in a statement on his Twitter account. “I would like to thank Coach (Mike Hopkins) and the coaching staff for the opportunity to play for their program and helping me become a better player as well as a young man.”
Carter, who starred at O’Dea High school and was the first recruit to commit to Hopkins, follows backup guard Carlos Johnson who left the program last month.
The Huskies may also lose junior forward Noah Dickerson who is testing the NBA draft waters without an agent as well as sophomore guard Bitumba Baruti, who did not play this season.
In addition to Carter, Johnson and junior forward Devenir Duruisseau who left the team in November, Washington loses senior backup guard Dan Kingma from it allotment of scholarship players.
If Dickerson returns, the Huskies will bring back eight players. UW signed three recruits (Jamal Bey, Elijah Hardy and Nate Roberts) during the early-signing period and secured verbal commitments from prospects Bryan Penn-Johnson and Ed Chang. One or two players may reclassify to the 2019 class.
At this point, Washington would be able to bring in a five-man incoming freshman class and still comply with NCAA rules, which limits rosters to 13 scholarship players.