The Texas A&M Aggies basketball program is one of the top programs in the country and it has a gem of a talent on the roster. After a tremendous freshman campaign, Chennedy Carter is looking to improve to a more stellar sophomore season.
Last season, the rising sophomore averaged 22.7 points, 4.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game. Ultimately, Carter secured National Freshman of the Year honors and All-American honors from the Associated Press and WBCA.
By the same token, the 5-foot-7 guard averaged an astounding 31.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. Those astronomical numbers are a catalyst for expectations of another sensational campaign this upcoming season.
Before Texas A&M, the rising sophomore was a dynamic athlete playing for Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas. Carter, receiving a number acclaims as a high school standout along the way, was the number six ranked player by ESPNW HoopGurlz. Henceforth, the McDonald’s All-American became the highest ranked player to sign with the Texas A&M.
Her senior year was marked with achievements. Averaging 20.3 points, Carter played in the Jordan Brand Classic and received national recognition. She was a representative on the United States national team for two medals in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and the FIBA U19 World Cup.
All things considered, Carter acquired some key lessons during those high school years, especially after the Class 5A state championship game.
Speaking to Ryan McDonald of The Battalion, Carter noted,
“I learned how I need to be more selective of the things I do on the court and to be cautious out there.”
When spectators view a Texas A&M women’s basketball game, Chennedy Carter is a spotlight the fans and the opponent should take notice of. For example, take the game winner the rising sophomore hit against the DePaul Blue Demons. The dissection of the event shows how the play would begin to unfold. Kelly Campbell of DePaul takes a desperation jumper with 12 seconds left and the shot hammers off the back rim and backboard. The fifth-seeded Blue Demons could have been up by four points. Campbell then tries to poke the ball away from Carter at half court and her error gives the freshman momentum.
Definitively, this leads to Carter executing a crossover to free up space to take the game winning 3-pointer to win the game in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The dribble move is an example of the ball handling ability that Chennedy Carter possesses and garnered from watching Allen Iverson as a youth.
In an article with The Players’ Tribune, Carter says:
“…I remember when I was six or seven years old, I stumbled across a video on YouTube of A.I. crossing up Michael Jordan. And, man … I was sold. I wanted to be like A.I. He had that swagger about him. He was the best ball handler in the league when he played, don’t @ me. The things he could do with a basketball – they were just so cool. I wanted to have handles like that.”
Chennedy Carter is an extraordinary player who is immersing herself in being the best basketball player she can be. The skill development is something she would immerse herself in since her days as a child growing up in Mansfield. Her father would give her drills to do as a child. The workouts would convincingly lead to where she is now at Texas A&M.
The irony of it all is that Carter grew up north of Waco, Texas and was a Baylor Lady Bears fan. When the Lady Aggies defeated Baylor in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, it definitively led to her becoming an Aggies fan.
Head Coach Gary Blair recognizes the talent level Carter has and ultimately is impressed with how she plays.
Blair, speaking to Brent Zwerneman of The Houston Chronicle, noted:
“She has lived up to everything that she was supposed to be. She’s backed up the hype and been consistent. She hasn’t just scored 46 points in one game and disappeared in the next two. She’s only had one game scoring under 10 points, and that was eight.”
Chennedy Carter is a talented basketball player and is leaving indelible marks on her opponents. From the 46 points against USC to the game winner in this past season’s NCAA Tournament, Carter is a live illustration of what hard work leads to. Going into this upcoming season, she will be one of the top players in the country and it’s important that she gets off to a great start.
Her sophomore year will be something to watch and, largely thanks to her, so will the Aggies.
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