North junior Abby Carter enters the 2019-2020 school year with her future mapped out.
Carter, a 5-foot-10 wing with some experience at point guard, announced on Monday her commitment to continue her education and basketball career at the University of Akron.
“It’s super cool to be going into my junior year already knowing what college I will be attending after high school,” Carter said. “The number of opportunities I’ve been offered from a number of different schools is humbling.”
Akron began recruiting Carter when she was in eighth grade and the Zips offered a scholarship prior to last season.
She felt right at home on campus and with the Zips coaching staff and players and decided to end the recruiting process.
“I loved the environment that Akron coaches, players, and the campus provided me,” she said. “They have great core values and really promote a family atmosphere, much like what coach (Paul) Force emphasizes at North.”
Akron’s coaching staff recruited Carter as a versatile player with the potential to play multiple positions.
“It’s up to me the next few years to improve my game in order to make an impact my freshman season,” she said.
As a sophomore last winter, Carter helped lead the Rangers to a 25-2 record and an appearance in the Division I regional championship game. She averaged 15.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per contest.
“I’m very proud of and excited for Abby,” North coach Paul Force said. “She’s one of the best two-way players I’ve ever coached. Being as versatile as she is on offense and then to turn around and lock in on an opposing team’s best scorer night in and night out is impressive. I think her game and athleticism will transfer nicely to the college level. That being said, I’m glad we still have time to help her develop as a person and player and prepare for that chapter in her life, but the book sure isn’t closed on this chapter yet. She’s had a good off-season and we expect her to come into her junior year better, stronger and as focused as she’s ever been. She’s put in a ton of her heart and life into this game and seeing her commit and accept this opportunity is something I feel fortunate to have had a small part in. The sacrifices she’s made and the passion she has for her academics and basketball career have opened a lot of doors for her, but this one is pretty special.”
Carter, who earned Ohio Varsity’s Freshman of the Year award in 2017-2018, is excited to become a part of the Akron family.
“The coaches are unbelievable,” she said. “They are great people and have great basketball knowledge. As with all the players, they trust the coaches and buy into their ethics on and off the court. They are constantly helping around the community in schools, camps, and other various projects. It was amazing to hear the group of five seniors that were recruited together talk about all the memories they’ve made so far and how they dread the end of this season and their time together.”
With two years left before she trades in Orange’s black and orange for the blue and gold of Akron, Carter is focused on leading the Rangers back to the regional tournament and beyond.
“I’m trying to stay in the moment and embrace my next two years here,” Carter said. “This upcoming season is a huge one as we want to build off our success from last year. However, we know nothing is promised and that all teams have the same dream so we need to keep working. Personally, I am not yet where I need to be to compete at the college level so I know I need to continue to work in order to make an impact my freshman year.”
Last winter, Carter was named first team All-Western Reserve Conference, honorable mention All-Ohio and second team Northeast Lakes District.