UNLV Transfer Ben Carter is Heading to Michigan State; Eligible in 2016-17

UNLV transfer Ben Carter has committed to Michigan State, and will provide the Spartans a big boost in 2016-17. (Source: USA Today Sports)
UNLV transfer Ben Carter has committed to Michigan State, and will provide the Spartans a big boost in 2016-17. (Source: USA Today Sports)

From a graduation standpoint, you’d be hard-pressed to find a team in the NCAA who is losing more talent than the Michigan State Spartans. Due to graduation, Matt CostelloColby WollenmanBryn Forbes, and Denzel Vaneltine are all gone from the team.

Add in the transfers of both Marvin Clark, Jr. (St. John’s) and Javon Bess, and Tom Izzo has his hands full trying to replace a ton of talent.

The Spartans have a top-five recruiting class coming in next season, but are looking for some experienced players to come in and help out right away. Michigan State was looking to be a big player on the transfer market, especially in terms of graduate transfers.

On Wednesday morning, they got a big commitment from a forward who can step in and contribute right away for the Spartans.

Enter Ben Carter, formerly of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.

Carter took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to announce his commitment to the Spartans for his final year of college basketball.

Standing at 6’9” and weighing in at 225-pounds, Carter brings some size to the front court that is much-needed after the recent departures from the team. Alongside Gavin Schilling and incoming freshmen Nick Ward and Miles Bridges, the Spartans will have a formidable front-court that has size and the ability to stretch the floor.

Last season with the Rebels, Carter appeared in 22 games, logging an average of 24 minutes per game over those contests. He averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting an impressive 55.6% from the floor.

After announcing his intentions to transfer, the Las Vegas, NV native left open the possibility of returning to his hometown school. In the end, a move across the country to Michigan State was the best option for Carter.

His departure leaves yet another hole in the roster that new head coach Marvin Menzies will have to fill. The Rebels’ roster will look completely different next season, as the vast majority of their main contributors have either graduated, transferred, or entered the 2016 NBA Draft.

Sophomore guard Jalen Poyser is the top returnee for the Rebels at this time.

Carter will be immediately eligible for the Spartans in 2016-17.

– T.B.