The Baker Orange

1-on-1 with EJ Carter

Story by Megan Henry

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Q: How long have you been playing basketball?

A: I’ve been playing basketball ever since I was 6, and I’ve been playing organized basketball ever since I was around 10, so it’s been about 10 years.

Junior EJ Carter goes up for a shot against Kansas Wesleyan on Nov. 12 at Collins Center. Carter scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in the contest.Tera Lyons

Q: Have you always wanted to play in college?

A: College basketball is something that I had always watched growing up and always wanted to do. All my older family members that I grew up with, they all played college sports and it was just kind of a thing that we do. It was something I knew I always wanted to do, and could do and always worked hard for.

Q: How did you end up at Baker?

A: That’s a long story. Basically in a nutshell, I couldn’t go to a (Division I) or (Division II) school right out of high school because I had transcript problems and ended up going to (junior college)… Coach Dooley heard about me through someone he knew while he was back at Columbia College, and when he got the job here he gave me the opportunity, and I’ve loved him for it ever since.

Q: What’s your favorite part about playing for Baker?

A: My favorite part about playing here would probably be the atmosphere. I feel like all the people here, they care about basketball, they care about the players. When they come to the games it’s like your friends are watching you and they want you to win, and you go and watch them and want them to win in their respective sports. Baker isn’t the biggest place, but at the same time, I feel like the fact that the atmosphere is small and enclosed it creates a better setting for the camaraderie of everybody as a whole, as a fan, player and friend.

Q: Do you hope to continue playing after graduation?

A: Yes. It’s something that has gone down in my family for as long as I can remember in a lot of sports … I would like to continue that legacy, that tradition of going on to that professional level, and it’s something I work hard for every day. As a junior, if I can stay consistent and keep learning and getting better, then hopefully I can achieve that goal upon my departure from the school.

Q: Do you have a part of the game that you’re specifically good at?

A: I’m a jack-of-all-trades, I can do a little bit of everything well. All my life I’ve been a guard, coming here there’s a big size level so you have to play where the coach puts you as far as size is concerned, so I play forward here. It’s really helped me to develop my game — outside, inside, perimeter, guard play as well as post play, so that way I can become a more well-rounded player. So I’m pretty much that one guy who can do a lot of things. You put me on the floor and I do whatever needs to be done so we can win.

Q: How would you describe a Baker basketball game to someone who had never seen one before?

A: It’s real. We’re going to play hard. This season, it’s going to be exciting. I mean we’re not the biggest team, but man are we fast and athletic. So you may see a few dunks, steals, some alley-oops, some real exciting stuff. If you come to a game this year , be prepared for an exciting show because that’s what we bring. We’re bringing the show. It’s show time out here in Baldwin City.