Every time I step on the court, I know I have a why…I’m just determined to kill-determined to win.” -Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M
Texas A&M’s Head Coach Gary Blair finds himself with a starting five full of sophomores—one of which made quite the impact from the second she stepped on the court. Former freshman firecracker Chennedy Charter chose to stay close to home and had quite a stellar 2017-18 season.
The hometown hero was named the unanimous National Freshman of the Year and All-American (AP, WBCA). Carter also was the SEC Freshman of the Year and landed a spot in the First Team All-SEC team. She continued her excellence beyond regular season and averaged 31.3 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. Arguably, the most notable moment of her freshman year was hitting the game-winning shot from deep against DePaul, allowing Texas A&M to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
Despite her individual success, Carter is a year older and has changed her perspective. She is choosing to invest her energy into now being the leader the Aggies need. During her talk with High Post Hoops on Oct. 31, she emphasized her role within her team. “I’ve had to learn to run the team at such a young age. I’m a sophomore and I’m ready to do it now,” said Carter.
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“[Freshman year] was a good experience, but I’ve grown from it and I’ve matured. I feel like I’ve become a better point guard and better leader for my team, so I’m excited about the season.”
With an overall youthful SEC team, Carter has all but no choice to step into a selfless leadership role. She is the glue for the young Aggies and she knows it. Carter’s goal is similar to that of any other top-ranked team. She wants it all. “We’ll surprise and shock the world,” Carter said with confidence. Click the link below to see Carter’s take on the 2018-19 season:
Texas A&M will face Rice University on Nov. 7, 7 PM ET.