ESPNU is reporting that Northfield-Mt. Hermon small forward Tommy Carpenter has given a verbal commitment to Dartmouth College for the fall of 2012.
Carpenter is a Greensboro, N.C. native who plays with the Rhode Island Hawks AAU squad, but sat out this summer with a broken ankle. He was also considering Yale, UPenn, Bucknell and Davidson.
Scouts Inc.'s most recent evaluation on Carpenter reads as follows:
Carpenter has good size as a perimeter forward and a terrific feel for the game. He has a high basketball I.Q., makes the right passes at the right times, and has an innate understanding of how to play the game. He sees the court and passes well, can make open shots from the perimeter, and is very clever finding ways to get to the basket with terrific footwork and a crafty attack.
Carpenter isn't especially athletic and lacks much explosion to his game. Compounding matters is that he plays the game too vertically, giving away any quickness that he does have off both the dribble on the defensive end of the floor. It remains to be seen what position he can defend at the next level as he lacks the quickness to defend the perimeter and the strength to bang on the interior. He also needs to become a better rebounder and isn't as good of a perimeter shooter as expected.
Carpenter is a combo-forward who simply knows how to play the game. While he isn't a high level athlete, he passes well and finds ways to get to the rim. He would be much more effective if he developed into a good three-point shooter with his style game and also must defend and rebound more.