Junior Matt Stainbrook interviews assistant coach Rick Carter about the upcoming game against St. John's.
Rick Carter, who is in his second year on Chris Mack's staff, is involved in all phases of the program, including skill development, scouting and recruiting. Xavier's incoming recruiting class is ranked among the top 20 in the country. Carter concentrates heavily on Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri.
Carter, who has spent time working on the staffs at Michigan State, Fairfield and Western Michigan and most recently at Missouri, has earned a reputation as a high-energy coach with a passion for teaching the game of college basketball. "Rick is a tireless worker," said Xavier head coach Chris Mack. "He coaches with great energy and does phenomenal job in every area of our program. He's extremely bright and engaging."
Carter, 35, played a key role in several areas during his year at Missouri, including skill development, scouting and recruiting and helped Missouri reach the NCAA Tournament. Carter helped develop the likes of Phil Pressey and Alex Oriakhi, while being a key part of gathering a nationally-ranked 2013 recruiting class that included Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkston.
Carter came to Mizzou following a four-year stint at Western Michigan, 2008-12, and boasts strong ties to the Michigan high school and AAU circuits. One of the players he helped recruit and bring to WMU was Matt Stainbrook, who has since transferred to Xavier. During his four seasons at Western Michigan from 2008-12, Carter used his impressive AAU ties to link the school to its all-time leading scorer, David Kool. Named Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan as a high school senior, Carter coached Kool at the AAU level and the standout twice led the Mid-American Conference in scoring and he was named MAC Player of the Year and an All-American as a senior in 2010, averaging 21.6 points per game. Kool was the MAC's Freshman of the Year in 2007 and was named the MAC Player of the Decade by Rivals.com. Overall WMU won a pair of MAC West titles during his four seasons and advanced to postseason play in 2011 with a 21-13 record.
Overall Carter has spent the last 11 years working in college basketball and got his start as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, Michigan State, under Tom Izzo from 2003-06, helping to coordinate several aspects of the Spartan's day-to-day operations, including video exchange, practice planning, scouting operations and the academic support program. Michigan State qualified for three consecutive NCAA Tournaments in his three years, including the 2005 NCAA Final Four.
Following his stint in East Lansing, Mich., Carter spent two seasons working for Ed Cooley (now head coach at Providence) at Fairfield. In his first season, 2006-07, Carter served as the Director of Basketball Operations. Carter was elevated to a full-time assistant coach in 2007-08.
Carter began his coaching career with the Michigan Mustangs in 2000. He spent four seasons with the AAU powerhouse (2000-03, 2006) and in addition to coaching Kool, he also coached Atlanta Hawks standout Al Horford and former Michigan State star Drew Neitzel. Carter mentored three Michigan "Mr. Basketball" award winners, including Kool, Neitzel and former Musketeer guard Brad Redford.
Carter graduated from Michigan State in 2002 with a degree in business management. He was born April 20, 1979 in Grand Blanc, Mich.