ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Robert Carpenter, a 6-7 forward from Detroit, Mich., has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St. Bonaventure University, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt announced. Carpenter will be a freshman with four seasons of eligibility.
Carpenter is currently enrolled at Mt. Zion Prep in Lanham, Md., where he played one season for coach Rodrick Harrison. Carpenter averaged 20.3 points, 10.2 rebounds per game as Mt. Zion went 28-4 and reached the Elite 8 of the National Prep School Championship. He made 38 percent of his three-point attempts and had three 40-point games. Carpenter was named to the Mid-Atlantic first team All-Conference by the Great Atlantic Conference.
Four of Carpenter's Mt. Zion teammates have either accepted Division I offers or are expected to later this month.
Carpenter graduated from Cornerstone High School in Detroit. He played AAU basketball for the Michigan Mustangs.
"We are really excited to welcome Robert and his family to St. Bonaventure," Schmidt said. "He is a skilled, versatile player who fits very well into the way we like to play. He has post skills and can also step out and be very effective on the perimeter. He had an extra year post-high school to develop his game with a successful prep program at Mt. Zion and was very well coached there. We think he can help us right away and we are excited to start working with him this summer."
"Robert's a terrific kid, a hard worker with a motor … attributes you can't teach," said Harrison. "He goes hard on and off the court. And he's super athletic – he plays above the rim. He will guard bigger guys – he's not afraid. The biggest thing he will bring is toughness and grit. He can go out and compete with A-10 players. He brings that element but also has the skill set too."
St. Bonaventure finished 18-16 this past season and advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Bonnies will graduate three seniors -- All-Conference swingman Courtney Stockard, forward LaDarien Griffin and guard Nelson Kaputo – and will return six players next fall – point guard Kyle Lofton, guards Alpha Okoli, Jalen Poyser and Dominick Welch, and forwards Osun Osunniyi and Amadi Ikpeze. St. Bonaventure will also add small forward Bobby Planutis, who sat out last season as a transfer, freshman swingman Justin Winston, who signed an NLI last fall, and junior guard Matt Johnson, who signed in April.
Carpenter's commitment leaves St. Bonaventure with three remaining scholarships.