Florida Standout Keyon Carter Signs With The Monarchs

May 18, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

May 18, 2006

NORFOLK, VA -- Old Dominion University head basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced the signing of Florida All-State, and two-time Palm Beach County rebound champion Keyon Carter, a 6-8, 210-pound forward from W.T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, FL., He joins 6-9 Gerald Lee (Korihait, Finland) and 6-2, Marsharee Neely (Greensboro, NC.) who signed earlier for the 2006-07 season.

"I am very pleased to be adding Keyon to our program," said Taylor." He has been a double-double guy on a very successful team. His versatility and mobility will add to our front line depth where he can contribute early, and help our program move forward and step in to lead us in the future. Keyon is a very good rebounder, with a nose for the ball. He fits into our style very well. He is a fine young man, good student and continues the theme of the public presentation to the campus community."

Carter averaged 15.1 points and 12.2 rebounds per game for head coach Fred Ross at Dwyer High School and helped lead them to a 24-5 record and the Florida 5A Regional Final. Carter earned second team All-State and first team All-Palm Beach County honors this season. During the year, Carter scored 20 points and hauled in 12 rebounds against St. Thomas Aquinas. Carter's career high in rebounds was 20 against Palm Beach County High School. Dwyer High School has reached the regional finals or better nine consecutive years.

"I felt like Old Dominion was the right place for me, where I can come in and contribute early." said Carter. "ODU has a winning program, and an impressive coaching staff. The Norfolk area is nice and I look forward to playing in the Constant Center."

The son of Trevor and Mauva Carter, Keyon plans to major in marketing or finance.

In the early signing period, the Monarchs signed Marsharee Neely, a 6-2, 180-pound guard from Page High School in Greensboro, NC. Neely was named Player of the Year in the Metro 4A league as he averaged 20.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, shot 59 percent from the free throw line, and went over the 1,000 career point mark. Neely earned first team All-Area by GREENSBORO NEWS RECORD, and scored eight points with five Rebounds, and three assists in the annual North Carolina-South Carolina High School All-Star game. Last summer, he played AAU ball for the North Carolina Gators.

Earlier in the spring signing period, Gerald Lee, a 6-9, 200-pound forward from Korihait, Finland. Lee averaged 18.1 points, and 8.3 rebounds for the Finnish under-18 squad last summer. He scored 30 points with eight rebounds against Hungary as his season high. Lee shot .566 from the floor and will play for the Finnish under-20 team this summer.

ODU compiled a 24-10 record and reached the semi-finals of the National Invitation Tournament. The Monarchs won 52 games the last two seasons.