Here’s sort of a new one for you. Are you seeing some good things going on out there in the local sports land or do you have a national story that caught your eye?
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Here’s an uplifting piece that was sent my way just last week about a kid that was here and now he is there and headed further up the road toward success next season…..
from the Triad Sports Weekly:
April 30, 2009: A chance meeting with Coach Billy Martin was enough to convince Will Carpenter that R.J. Reynolds was the place for him to complete his basketball career.
Carpenter was a little rough around the edges prior to his sophomore year when he first visited Reynols. But after signing a Letter-of-Intent to play at Lenoir-Rhyne next season, Carpenter is a well-groomed player who expects to see playing time right away on the collegiate level.
Carpenter, a 6â€™6â€ forward, said he owes a lot of it to Martin and his staff at Reynolds, as well as several other coaches who played a part in his tutelage.
â€œI want to thank the coaching staff at Reynolds for all they did to help me,â€ sald Carpenter. â€œThere were some other people who also helped me. Delaney Rudd and Team Phoenix were a big part of my success, as well as Sam Warren, Marcus Luck, and Bill Chambers.â€
Like most basketball players today, Carpenter started out very young playing basketball. Acutally, it was an early choice between soccer and basketball that shaped his career. He started off playing basketball at a local YMCA at age seven. He also started playing soccer about the same time. He was good enough as soccer to earn a place on a challenge league team.
His father, Ron Carpenter, said he finally asked his son to make a choice when one weekend when he had tournaments in both AAU basketball and soccer, each in a different city. Basketball won out and he dropped soccer, where he played goalkeeper.
Carpenter trained and played AAU under the watchful eye of Delaney Rudd and Team Phoenix for more than five years. He continued his career playing with the Charlotte Royals.
As a larger than average middle-schooler, Carpenter later tried his hand at football. Growing up in Greensboro, the middle schools there offered football to middle schoolers. Carpenter played defensive end, where he led the league in sacks as an eighth grader
But again, when he got to high school at Greensboro Day School, he decided to concentrate on basketball. His career at Greensboro Day lasted only one year, however. He played on the Greensboro Day JV along with Mt. Taborâ€™s Josh Hicks, .As a result of an injury, it was not a fun experience. He wanted to move back to a public high school. At the suggestion of a close friend of his dadâ€™s, he visited with Coach Martin.
â€œHe suggested that I come and watch Reynolds work out,â€ Carpenter said. My dadâ€™s friend had played in college (UNC-Wilmington) with both Coach Martin and (Reynoldâ€™s principal) Dr. Paschal. I came over, was impressed by the schoolâ€™s academics, the team, and their basketball tradition, and decided to transfer for the next school yearâ€
The Carpenterâ€™s filed the appropriate paperwork and tranferred to Reynolds at the beginning of Willâ€™s sophomore year.
The rest is history. Carpenter helped the Demons to a conference and tournament championship as a sophomore, where averaged 10 points and five rebounds a game. He improved upon those numbers as a junior (17ppg, 7apg) when earned All Northwest NC honors. As a senior (15ppg, 6apg, he earned All Conference and All Northwest NC honors and received a McDonaldâ€™s All American nomination this season.