Wake Forest’s loss is Furman’s gain.
Carter Whitt, who played for the Demon Deacons the past two seasons, has joined the Furman men’s basketball program with three years of eligibility remaining.
“We are excited to add Carter Whitt to our program,” stated Bob Richey, Furman head coach. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Carter and his family during this process, and I believe that he will do very well in our culture. He will provide our team with another dynamic guard who brings creativity to the game with his vision, passing and overall playmaking ability. We are looking forward to getting Carter to Greenville.”
A native of Raleigh, N.C., Whitt averaged 2.9 points, 1.9 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game while appearing in 50 games and making 19 starts at guard for the Deacons during his time in Winston-Salem, N.C. After joining Wake Forest during the 2020-21 season, he logged playing time in 19 games and made 10 starts. Whitt finished his 1st season averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 assists, highlighted by a 12-point, 7-assist outing versus Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament.
This past season, Whitt saw action in 31 games and made 3 starts for the Demon Deacons, who posted a 25-10 overall record, 13-7 ACC mark and reached the NIT. He handed out 6 assists and added 4 rebounds in a 77-74 win over Syracuse, while scoring a career-best 16 points to go with 6 boards and 2 assists in a triumph over USC Upstate.
“Carter Whitt is a great player and even better young man,” said Russ Frazier, who coached both Whitt and former Paladin Alex Hunter at Leesville Road High School. “For him to be a part of the Furman basketball program and play for a big-time coach like Bob Richey is a great opportunity. Carter is a perfect fit. I am excited for him and his family.”
Coming out of high school, Whitt was the top-ranked point guard in North Carolina and No. 10 point guard nationally in 2020, according to 247Sports. He ranked as the No. 64 player nationally by 247Sports, No. 86 in ESPN's Top 100 recruits and No. 63 in Rivals Top 150.
A 3-year varsity starter for Frazier at Leesville Road, Whitt averaged 22.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.3 assists as a junior for a squad that finished 21-8 and won the Cap 7 Conference title. He earned 1st-team All-Cap 7 honors for his performance. The 6-3 guard was named to the all-state team each year of high school. For his career, Whitt was a 3-time all-conference selection and led Leesville Road to the state quarterfinals twice and to the Cap 7 Conference title twice.
“Carter Whitt has a tremendous feel for the game,” according to Tyler Lewis of Phenom Hoops Report. “He is one of the best passers I’ve seen in a long time. He has the opportunity to step in and make a major impact for the Paladins next season.”
The Paladins are slated to return 3 starters, including All-Southern Conference performers Mike Bothwell and Jalen Slawson, from a 2021-22 squad that posted a 22-12 overall record, finished 2nd in the league with a 12-6 mark and reached the SoCon Tournament finals.