Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 11 p.m.
Bishop Gorman grad Ben Carter is likely coming back home. The Oregon sophomore forward plans to transfer to UNLV with two years of eligibility remaining, multiple sources told the Sun.
Carter helped win two state titles with the Gaels before picking the Ducks over UNLV and Utah in 2012. Over two seasons, Carter averaged 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.
He asked for and received his release from Oregon coach Dana Altman this week. Carter started five games this season after missing the first nine because of a suspension. Carter and Findlay Prep product Dominic Artis were both caught selling school-issued shoes, which is an NCAA violation.
Carter’s role over two years was fairly static, from 10.4 minutes per game as a freshman to 12.7 as a sophomore. Part of that was Oregon’s addition of former Rebel Mike Moser, who averaged 13.2 points and a team-leading 7.7 rebounds in 28.3 minutes per game.
Carter is expected to sit for the required year, per NCAA transfer rules, and then be eligible for the 2015-16 season. His addition would put UNLV at its scholarship limit of 13, pending a couple of moves.
First, that assumes senior point guard Cody Doolin will be eligible in 2014-15. Doolin played four games for San Francisco last season and intends to transfer to UNLV. The Rebels will put in a waiver to get him eligible immediately.
There are also decisions to be made elsewhere on UNLV’s roster, namely by junior forward Khem Birch. The two-time league Defensive Player of the Year could potentially get drafted this year, although his stock would likely be higher with another successful season that highlights some developments on offense.
One or two role players might also elect to transfer out of the program.