High School: Keith Carter

Proviso East up to task against Warren

February, 18, 2012
Proviso East's Paris LeeScott Powers for ESPNChicago.comParis Lee helped Proviso East to a City-Suburban Showdown win over Warren on Saturday.
HILLSIDE, Ill. -- Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce would have taken blowouts over Downers Grove South and Warren this week, but he was hopeful for two close games.

Having been on Proviso East’s 1991 championship team, a team which suffered one loss in 33 games, Boyce understands what it takes to win it all, and that includes the occasional test.

After pulling out a three-point win over Downers Grove South on Friday, the No. 2 Pirates persevered again in a tight contest Saturday, defeating No. 4 Warren 73-66 in the City-Suburban Showdown at Proviso West High School.

“These are the games I live for,” said Boyce, whose team improved to 24-0 on the season. “These are the type of games you find out what kind of character you have, what kind of team you have. You’re going to have to face some adversity throughout the state tournament.”

Proviso East did look like it was going to run away with Saturday’s game early on. The Pirates’ pesky and speedy guards brought havoc onto Warren as it tried to get the ball up court. Proviso East forced the Blue Devils into six turnovers and raced out to a 23-12 advantage after one quarter.

Proviso East guards Keith Carter, Paris Lee and Paris Burns led the initial charge. They combined for 14 points and four steals in the first quarter.

“This is a big weekend,” Carter said. “This is the weekend coach Donnie Boyce was looking forward to. This is a big statement for us. We just wanted to show him we were ready.”

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Scott Powers for ESPNChicago.comWarren's JoVaughn Gaines scored 13 points in a loss to Proviso East.
Warren wasn’t going down without a fight, though. After trailing 43-29 at halftime, the Blue Devils began making a push midway through the quarter and continued it the rest of the game.

Warren pulled within 54-51 with 6:10 left in the game on a Darius Paul putback, but it was as close as the Blue Devils would get.

“We had a bunch of early turnovers,” said Warren coach Chuck Ramsey, whose team fell to 21-3. “They turned them into points. We got behind. We made several runs, but it wasn’t good enough.”

Carter led the way for Proviso East with 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Burns also had 17 points, and subs Michael Nicholas (10 points) and Branden Jenkins (eight points) contributed for the Pirates.

Paul (19 points, 13 rebounds), Mitch Munda (10 points), JoVaughn Gaines (13 points) and Jon Geske (13 points, eight rebounds) contributed for Warren.

No. 18 New Trier 59, No. 11 St. Rita 41: New Trier outscored St. Rita 26-10 in the second and third quarters combined and won the early game of the City-Suburban Showdown.

Connor Boehm (16 points, 11 rebounds), Steven Cook (10 points, eight rebounds) and David Bragiel (10 points) contributed for New Trier (20-5).

St. Rita’s Dominique Matthews scored a team-high 12 points. New Trier held St. Rita’s Tony Hicks to six points on 2-of-12 shooting. The Mustangs dropped to 14-10 overall.

Top-ranked Simeon is just getting started

November, 8, 2011
Simeon coach Robert Smith didn’t feel like he was coaching the No. 1 team in the country when the Wolverines took the floor Monday for the first practice of the 2011-2012 season -- but in a good way.

Given all the hype surrounding the Wolverines, it wouldn’t have been surprising if some of it had gone to their heads. Smith discovered that wasn’t the case.

“They came out there like they weren’t even ranked,” Smith said following practice. “They were diving for balls. They’re hungry and still feel like they have something to prove.”

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Scott Powers for ESPNChicago.comJabari Parker and Simeon are ready to begin their title defense.
While all the individual skill is undeniable, Smith’s concern right now is developing team chemistry. It wasn’t often this summer that Simeon played as a full team with Jabari Parker and Kendrick Nunn out of town with Team USA responsibilities.

“We’re very talented, but as far as experience we’re a young team,” Smith said. “The chemistry is not good right now.”

Smith began his eighth season as Simeon’s head coach on Monday. He’s gone 197-36 and has won four state championships. First day of practices are old hat to him.

For Proviso East coach Donnie Boyce, the first day of practice Monday was something special. It was his inaugural one as the Pirates’ coach.

“All day yesterday and all day today, I couldn’t wait until 3:40 p.m.,” said Boyce, who starred at Proviso East and went on to play in the NBA. “It was very exciting to say the least.”

Like Simeon, Proviso East is expected to be among the top teams in the state. The Pirates return point guard Keith Carter, who recently committed to Saint Louis, rising junior star Sterling Brown and a number of other experienced players.

Boyce spent his first day dealing with an open tryout, which is school policy. He had about 50 players come out. But aside from evaluating talent, Boyce also began the framework of teaching the type of defense he expected from his team this season.

“The one thing I always felt our teams were known for was our pressure,” Boyce said. “We gave them 32 minutes of hell. I’d like to bring that back here.”

Teams will hold practices for the next two weeks, and games will begin on Nov. 21.

Proviso E.'s Carter de-commits from Loyola

September, 6, 2011
Proviso East senior point guard Keith Carter has de-committed from Loyola and will reopen his recruitment.

Carter, a 6-foot point guard, committed to the Ramblers on Aug. 24, but recently decided otherwise.

“I did so just after talking to my father,” Carter said on Monday. “I just want to check out other schools. I want to give myself time. Loyola seemed like they were OK with it. I think I rushed into it before.”

Carter was unsure what schools he would be looking at now. He had originally chosen Loyola over Creighton.