Notebook: Naz Carter commits to Washington

  • 06/11/2017 10:41 am in

Nahziah “Naz” Carter, a former Dayton signee who had a scholarship offer from Indiana, committed to Washington late Friday night.

Carter, a 6-foot-7 forward, signed with Archie Miller and Dayton last fall, but opted to reopen his recruitment after Miller took the Indiana job in late March.

The nephew of music mogul Jay-Z, Carter raised his profile significantly this spring on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) as he contemplated staying in the 2017 or going to prep school as a 2018 recruit.

In 16 EYBL games this spring, Carter averaged 12.7 points on 57.7 percent shooting. Carter is a product of Bishop Kearney in New York, the same high school where Thomas Bryant played as a freshman and sophomore.

Washington hired Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins this spring after firing Lorenzo Romar.

Italian guard commits to Texas Tech

Italian guard Davide Moretti, who took an official visit to Indiana recently, committed to Texas Tech on Saturday.

The Hoosiers never offered a scholarship to Moretti, who also visited UConn and Utah.

The 6-foot-3 Moretti is the son of Paolo Moretti, a former star in Italian basketball who currently coaches in LBA in Italy. Moretti turned 19 in March and averaged 14.8 points and five assists in the 2016 FIBA U18 European Championship in December.

Moretti averaged 12.7 points (38.9 2PFG%, 37.7 3PFG%) this season for Treviso in Italy in 37 games.

Martin lands at South Carolina

Former assistant coach Chuck Martin, who was instrumental in IU’s recruitment of Thomas Bryant, will be hired as an assistant coach at South Carolina.

Jon Rothstein reported the development on Saturday:

The Gamecocks are coming off of a Final Four berth and a 26-11 record last season. South Carolina assistant coach Matt Figger accepted the head coaching job at Austin Peay, which created an opening on the Gamecocks staff.

Martin spent three seasons in Bloomington and also spent time as an assistant at Manhattan, UMass, Drexel, St. John’s and Memphis before accepting the head coaching position at Marist.

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  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    Really would have liked to have landed Carter for 2017. Sounds like we had offered for 2017 too.

    Athletic, hard-nosed, and capable of getting to the basket. Wonder if the chance to play early at UW won the day.

  • iugradmark

    If we did offer, it is odd that he chose Washington over IU especially after he had committed to Archie at Dayton. Would have liked to have signed him. Seems like he is on the rise and would help spread out the classes a bit.

  • HoosierDom

    I thought we only offered for 2018, not 2017. Makes me think he has something up his sleeve…. unless of course he did offer for 2017 and just lost out.

  • Mark Bando

    Darn, was hoping to see Beyonce at some of the games.

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    According to Josh Margolis (@MargolisNews) we did indeed extend the offer for 2017. It was between us, Georgetown, and UW. The chance for earlier playing time likely contributed.

  • Outoftheloop

    I don’t think that IU did offer for 2017! But IU did offer just for 2018. Can we get an authoritative answer Alex?

  • Donnie Vick

    I think the scholarship will eventually go to Blackmon on a per season basis. Archie has said he doesn’t necessarily think the 12th/13th scholarship guys on the bench are happy with their PT. I believe our current roster is likely who we are going with next year and that is fine by me, because I think we’re going to be very competitive next year.

  • iugradmark

    Archie has had a lot of success so far. He kept the recruits coming, held on to most of the team that wasn’t going to go pro regardless of the coach, assembled a really good coaching and training staff. This might be his first real loss if we did offer.

  • I seem to remember that we offered him for 2018 as well… Would also love clarification if it’s available. Might be that we’ll never know, however.

  • SCHoosier

    Congrats to Coach Martin on landing at SC..he’ll be a good balance to Frank Martin!!

  • NC Hoosier

    I guess we won’t have the cachet of having a relative of a rap mogul on the squad after all. Is Eminem’s half brother Nate a baller?

  • Josh checked with Carter and he was told that he had an IU offer for 2017.

  • iugradmark

    Thanks Alex I guess he felt better about Washington. Would have thought Archie had an advantage since he committed to him at Dayton.

  • Outoftheloop

    Thanks Alex! Strange.

  • Arch Puddington

    I want to say this carefully, so as not to leave the wrong impression. I liked what I saw, and would have been fine if he came here. But:

    Josh Margolis, who saw him play at one of the recent AAU tourneys, said he thought Carter could “become” a B1G player. Did not seem to think he was all the way there yet. That, plus the condition of the two other programs he was considering, suggests to me that this was a “nice to have”, not a “must have.” Maybe he’ll really blossom into something great, but for the moment it does not look like this was a major loss. Don’t know lots about Georgetown and Washington, but my guess is that they are in much greater need of immediate help from a player of his caliber than we are, and that he will get (or at least thinks he’ll get) more playing time early on than he would have here.

    Onward and upward.

  • Ole Man

    Actually they go to NC. But you are smart to get as close to NC as you can! LOL! When ya moving?

  • Ole Man

    When did he say that about the playing time? Missed that.

  • Ole Man

    Sometimes ya win by “losing.”
    I think that this is probably one of those instances.

  • VOXAC30

    Yep… That’s a bug loss

  • iugradmark

    It was in one of the early interviews where he said he doesn’t believe he needs to use all the scholarships as kids are unhappy if they don’t get pt. I think it was a question kind of comparing Crean’s style of offering a lot of scholarships and being over signed and having kids leave v what Archie does.

  • Piker

    Not sure what this means. Archie offered he went elsewhere. That’s it. So what do you mean? Someone better coming along this year? Open scholorship to offer to a non scholorship player?

  • John Mathias

    Obviously there is some booster/alum throwing some serious money around up there. You don’t land the 2 best prospects in the country in back to back seasons without some shenanigans going on (yes I realize that Porter is at Mizzou now).

  • TomJameson

    Arch, I have to say that I agree with this. I am perfectly fine with this team as it stands now. The only addition I would make is a fairly decent, (grad transfer type) big. Some kind of transfer that would be there for 1 year, but no more than 2. I want there to be 3 scholarships open for 2019. For balance of the classes for sure, but also because the 2019 class is pretty loaded … and they just keep getting better. 🙂

  • Ole Man

    Thanks! I remember the interview but didn’t remember that part of it.

  • Ole Man

    Where at?

  • FundamentalistGuardPlay

    Some of that Microsoft and Starbucks splash?

  • IdahoHoosier

    Nice! I was just there for vacation two weeks ago. Beautiful city and love the history.

  • Ole Man

    Awesome! I’ll be down as soon as you get settled in! LOL!

  • The Lights Go Down

    The difference between being a little fish in a B1G pond, or a bigger fish in a smaller pond, maybe?

  • gokartmozart89

    Don’t forget Amazon.