STARKVILLE, Miss. – Head coach Vic Schaefer capped his inaugural Mississippi State signing class with the addition of Savannah Carter, a guard for Trinity Valley Community College’s national championship team.
“Savannah is a winner, claiming a national title at the highest level of junior college. Like the other players we signed, she comes from a great family. What we really liked about Savannah is that she has that toughness and edge to her that we are missing right now,” Schaefer said. “She will bring a dimension to our program that we really need with her competitive fire and toughness.”
Carter will add depth to the backcourt following a stellar 2012-13 season that saw her average 11.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists while helping Elena Lovato’s Trinity Valley Community College squad to a 36-1 record and the NJCAA Division I national championship.
In her lone season with the Lady Cards, the Tulsa, Okla., native earned all-conference honors after helping the team defeat Blinn 69-58 in the Region XIV Conference title game.
In conference play, Carter averaged 12.6 points to go along with 7.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists.
“Savannah has been a blessing to coach. She is the most competitive kid that I have coached. She is an old-school type of player with the effort she brings. You never have to ask her to give 100-percent in practice or games,” Lovato said. “Savannah is a winner who competes and doesn’t like to lose, and she has a high basketball IQ.”
Carter’s season at Trinity Valley followed her rookie season at Grambling, where she averaged 7.4 points and dished out 99 assists.
“I’m excited about going to Mississippi State because it’s the SEC, which is the best conference in the nation,” Carter said. “I immediately loved Mississippi State and Coach Schaefer because he’s a defensive guru. I love defense, and I’ll bring that tenacity and spark on defense to Mississippi State.”
Playing for Tulsa Memorial High School, Carter wrapped her prep career as one of the top point guards in Oklahoma. A McDonald’s All-American nominee, the four-star recruit by ESPN led her team to the state tournament all four years.
Following her senior season, she was selected to play in the Tulsa Parks All-Star Classic and the Jim Thorpe All-Star Game after averaging 16 points and five rebounds in leading Memorial to the state tournament for the second-straight year.
Carter, who scored 1,244 points in her career, also capped her time at Memorial by earning third team All-State accolades. She was also selected to the Eastern Oklahoma Elite 8, an eight-member team of the top boys and girls players.
Carter rated among the top-20 point guards in the nation and the second-best player in Oklahoma coming out of the prep ranks. In addition to Tulsa World All-City and All-State honors, she was also named an All-American by Premier Basketball.Carter joins New Albany, Miss., all-state selection Jazmine Spears; Texas all-state selections Ketara Chapel and Dominique Dillingham; Stoneleigh-Burnham School center Chinwe Okorie; Georgia Super 64 and all-state selection Breanna Richardson; and Columbus, Miss., all-state guard Kiki Patterson in comprising State’s 2013 signing class.