Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Carpenter signs with Nicholls State

Lakeside senior standout basketball player T.J. Carpenter signed a national letter-of-intent to play basketball at Nicholls State on Wednesday.

A group of family, coaches, teachers, friends and teammates gathered in the Lakeside library as Carpenter signed his scholarship papers.

"We had a real nice ceremony at the school," Lakeside head coach Jason Gould said. "We just wanted to make it as nice as possible for T.J. and his family. He's such a great kid and has a great family."

Carpenter averaged 22.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Warriors in district play.

"T.J. was the MVP for out team this year," Gould said. "And he just missed being MVP of the district by just a couple of votes. But in my opinion, he was the best player in our district."

And as good as Carpenter was on the court, Gould said he could be even better off of it.

He's just a kid that's worthy of what he's receiving," Gould said. "It's a testament of a good thing happening to a good person."

Carpenter was recruited by Minden native and former Louisiana Tech player, and now Nicholls assistant Rennie Bailey.

"Rennie stayed on T.J. for the last two years," Gould said. "He was real loyal to T.J. and it paid off as T.J. was loyal back."

Gould said he expects Carpenter to find success at Nicholls.

"It was a long process for T.J., to decide where he was going to go," he said. "But he liked the small town atmosphere there, and it's Division I. He'll get a chance to play early, if he does a good job in the fall. I can't say enough good things about T.J.," he said. "We're very proud of him. He's been a starter since he was a freshman and he's always been a humble, high-character kid."






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