April 28, 2003
Notre Dame – Notre Dame men’s basketball coach Mike Brey has announced that Russell Carter, a 6-4, 190-pound guard from Paulsboro, N.J., has signed a national letter of intent to attend the University. Carter becomes the third signee in this year’s recruiting class and is set to join the men’s basketball program beginning in the fall of 2003. Guard Colin Falls (Park Ridge, Ill.) and forward Omari Isreal (Rockville, Md.) signed their national letters of intent with Notre Dame during the early signing period in November of 2002.
Carter, the 2003 Courier-Post and Newark Star Ledger Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year, led his Paulsboro High School team to 25-4 record in ’02-’03. The two-time South Jersey scoring champion averaged 30.0 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists during his final scholastic campaign. A first-team all-state selection, he helped his Paulsboro team capture the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 1 crown for the second time as well as leading the Red Raiders to a berth in the state finals.
Carter finished with 2,282 career points during his four-year career as a starter at Paulsboro and ranks 17th all-time on the South Jersey scoring list and second in school history. He scored 869 points during his senior year and became just the fifth player in South Jersey boys prep history to lead the region in scoring in back-to-back seasons. As a junior, Carter netted 28.0 points per game.
“We’re thrilled to have Russell become a member of our basketball program,” Brey says. “He a very talented player who caught our attention during the school year with the type of senior season he had. He will give us tremendous depth at the guard position. Russell is very deserving of this scholarship and is a great fit for this institution (Notre Dame) as a student-athlete.
“His overall game will blend in well with our other two signees – Colin Falls and Omari Isreal – who signed with us in November. All three of these players are very athletic and will add versatility to our lineup. When looking at this class as a whole, it is certainly one that is going to help continue to move this program forward. They are very excited to be joining our basketball family here at Notre Dame.”