Sterling Carter is a 24 year old 183cm point guard from Seattle, Washington that will be starting his professional basketball career this upcoming season in Germany for Pro A team Rhondorf. He started his basketball career at Pacific, then played three years at Seattle(NCAA) and finished at Purdue in 2014. He spoke to German Hoops about basketball.
Sterling thanks for talking to German Hoops Where are you at the moment and how have you been enjoying your summer?
No problem at the moment I’m at home with my Daughter watching a little bit of film from some of the teams in the PRO A just trying to learn the styles and The way teams play and some of the way the games are officiated.
One could say you have been living a basketball Cinderella story since 48 hours. Your last college game was 16 months ago and as of now you will play professional basketball this upcoming season in Germany. How blessed do you feel at the moment?
Words can’t even explain it. I’m so blessed and grateful to be in the position that I’m in now.
How difficult were the last 16 months? You tore your ACL ending your college career at Purdue, was represented by a black sheep agent that promised, but didn´t deliver, you had to work three jobs while being a single parent. What was the driving force that got you through this difficult time?
It was the hardest thing I ever been through I could only think of how I wanted my daughter to never have to need or want anything because I worked hard during my time on the court. So while working those three jobs I would work out every night after work even after my 13hour shifts and it was hard but my dream was to be a PRO Basketball player not to work three jobs making 12$ HR but God blessed me with Mike finding me and keeping his word 100%.
Your new agent Mike Baron did a good job signing you with new German Pro A team Rhondorf. Without even being in Germany yet, do you feel some initial uneasiness and pressure starting your professional career so late as outside factors hindered you from starting a year ago?
No because I feel like I’m playing where I’m supposed to be and at the time I’m supposed to be. Sitting out last season helped my game more on the mental side as I got to watch a lot more basketball and watch the mistakes I made during my college career. Me and my father watch a lot of my film to see where I can be better and I feel now that I’m back 100%. I’m going to be more than ready this upcoming season.
Often there are players that have that four year career at one school, but you played at Pacific, Seattle and Purdue. Do you feel having had this vast experience, that this will help you more as a professional as you try to set foot as a professional in Germany?
Yes I think it helps a lot it and allows me to learn a new system faster and adapt to new things as I had to do 3 different times in my 5 year college career.
You had two very solid years at Seattle scoring in double figures, but in your third year there you had a massive falling out with head coach Cameron Dollar which led to you being released from your scholarship. When you look back at this incident what were the key factors that led to you having to end your basketball at Seattle?
To be honest with you there was never a fall out between us the program just decided to go in a different direction and they decided to release me and that was all that took place. Which in the long run worked out better for me. I believe everything happens for a reason.
You finished your degree at Seattle while your friends were playing NCAA games. How did you cope not being able to play, but being able to focus on your studies 100%
I knew that there was something else in store for m and it hurt that I couldn’t be a part of a team at the time but I graduated and got my degree for my parents and God blessed me with another opportunity to play at Purdue.
You then moved on to Purdue to finish your last year of basketball. You made your debut against Northern Kentucky and the next morning you were in Seattle to see the birth of your daughter Aria. With her birth a new life started for you. When you pick your first number with Rhondorf could you imagine having a symbolic number for your daughter?
Yes I picked the #1 because that is her age now and because she is #1 in my heart and in my life. She’s also my 1st child.
When you look back at your short career at Purdue where you played 27 games averaging 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg. How would you summarize your game. Had you not suffered that ACL injury against Nebraska do you feel your career would have ended differently?
I do feel that I would have end the season with better stats and that I would have helped my team win more games than we did after I got hurt and we might have been able to sneak in the tournament.
Your best game for Purdue was shortly before your injury against Nebraska where you poured in 19 points in 18 minutes in a win against Indiana. Was this one of your fondest memories on the court at Purdue?
Yes I would say that was my favorite moment just seeing all the fans happy that we won the game and seeing the coaches excited to beat our rivals.
It is known that you can shoot as you proved with 28 points and seven three pointers against Pepperdine in 2011 with Seattle. But if you look at your game what is a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
I would say my ability to play pressure on ball defense and score in more ways than just shooting three pointers.
You only played a short time for Matt Painter, but how did he prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
The one year I spent under coach Painter was great, because he taught me more than I had learned in the 3 years I had played previous on and off the court.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Ronnie Johnson?
Hah I would definitely win those battles but he’s a great player
Who was the toughest player that you battled on the court in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?
I would have to say Isaiah Thomas
How does a summer work out day look like for you on and off the court?
I work out at 9am in the mornings doing strength and conditioning with my trainer Greg then we go to he gym at 9:30pm and do a Basketball workout.
Who will win the 2015 NBA title Cleveland or Golden State?
I will have to go with Golden State. They are playing great basketball right now but I won’t be easy.
What was the last DVD movie that you saw?
Bad boys 2.
Thanks Sterling for the chat.