Fear not, Baylor basketball fans: It appears Tweety Carter’s hoops career will likely be continuing on professionally.
And he may be joining forces with a familiar Big 12 Lone Star superstar on the NBA hardwood this coming season.
Carter, who was announced as an addition to Oklahoma City’s NBA roster on Monday, Sept. 27, will be competing for an opportunity to join the Thunder this season.
Oklahoma City’s training camp opened today (Tuesday, Sept. 28) and preseason games begin on Wednesday, Oct. 6, as the Thunder face the Charlotte Bobcats.
You can count me in as one who believes Carter will absolutely be making the final cut—joining head coach Scott Brooks, rising star Kevin Durant, and company on what will surely be a very exciting 2010-11 campaign for the blossoming Oklahoma City franchise.
While donning Baylor green and gold as a senior for the Bears’ sweet 2009-10 season ride to the Elite Eight, Carter averaged 11 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.
For those unaware of what Carter first walked into when he committed to Baylor head coach Scott Drew in 2006, let me just say this—Tweety unselfishly sacrificed his own personal statistics to help improve the team as a whole, year-in and year-out.
And because of that sacrifice, Carter and the Bears made a coveted trip to the 2010 Big Dance—Texas two-stepping all the way to the Elite Eight before finally succumbing to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and the National Champion Blue Devils on Reliant Stadium’s Houston hardwood.
Just wait. Coach Drew and the Bears are far from finished as the team continues to get better every season.
Curtis Jerrells was incredible for San Antonio’s NBA Development League team last season. I won’t be surprised one bit to see him as a member of the 2010-11 Spurs regular season roster.
Plus, Ekpe Udoh was just selected by Golden State as the No. 6 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Although he injured himself prior to getting a true opportunity to play in the summer league, he’ll absolutely be a force to be reckoned for the Warriors.
However, I digress.
Carter definitely has a solid shot at making the NBA this season. It’s only a matter of time before Baylor solidifies itself as a top-notch basketball school.
Remember the name, Thunder fans. It’s almost Tweety time in Oklahoma City.
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org