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June 11, 2013

All-American Carter to leave JC early; signs with Alabama

JACKSONVILLE — The best player in the history of Jacksonville College women's basketball has made a decision to take her game to the Southeastern Conference.

Khadijah Carter, a 6-foot-1 post from Goodrich, Texas, confirmed Monday that she has signed with the University of Alabama and plans on taking summer classes at the Tuscaloosa institution beginning next month.

“I visited Alabama in late May and I loved everything about the school, the women's basketball program and of course coach (Kristy) Curry,” Carter said. “I got to know coach Curry when I visited Texas Tech and coach Curry was coach there at the time.

“I was all ready to sign with Tech and they told me to hold off for a little while and then coach Curry got the job at Alabama (May 16). I really looking forward to getting over there and getting started.”

Although a Lady Jaguar for just one season, Carter's exploits on basketball courts throughout NJCAA Region XIV will, no doubt, be remembered for a long time to come.

The Parade All-American averaged 18.5 points and 10.2 rebounds a game for former head coach Lynn Nabi's Lady Jags.

Carter had the ability to work magic in the paint as well as light things up from the perimeter where she connected at a 40-percent rate beyond the arc. She also led her team with 27 blocked shots last season.

Following the 2012-13 season, Carter was named as NJCAA Region XIV Freshman of the Year, and a member of the circuit's All-Region, All-Conference and All-Tournament teams.

“We are so proud of Khadijah (Carter),” Nabi said. “She could have played for any team in the country, but she knew what she was looking for and she ends up at Alabama, which I think is a nice fit for her because of the rapport that she has established with coach Curry.

“Alabama certainly has a lot to offer in the way of a first class women's basketball program and I look for Khadijah to go over there right away and compete for a starting spot and help Alabama to win some games. If anyone can do that Khadijah can.”

Alabama finished 13-18 overall, 2-14 in the SEC last season, which led to a coaching change in the off season when school officials decide to pry Curry away from Texas Tech.

Carter joined Karyla Middlebrook as Curry's first two signees at Alabama.

Curry had this to say (via a press release) about Carter: “Khadijah is a versatile swing player who can get to the rim and step out and hit the three. She can guard multiple positions and she comes from a great program having been coached by Lynn Nabi, which has prepared her for the next step in her career.”

Current JC women's basketball coach Leasa Ailshie got to know Carter well last year as  JC women's associate head coach, and she offered up her perspective on Carter's decision.

“I think it will take her a little bit to adjust from junior college basketball to playing in the Southeastern Conference,” Ailshie said. “Khadijah is a gym rat and she has a great work ethic and she will do what ever it takes. I think that she will represent Alabama well.”

After summer classes are done Carter said that she plans on returning home for a short visit before reporting on Aug. 21.

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