LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08: Head coach Dave Pilipovich of the Air Force Falcons gestures as his team takes on the New Mexico Lobos during a quarterfinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. New Mexico won 79-64. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Guard Chris Cater is leaving Air Force for Florida Tech.
Chris Carter of the Air Force Falcons is transferring to Florida Tech, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. The 6-foot-3 guard proved to be a promising freshman for the Falcons last season, but he's choosing to return closer to his Port St. Lucie, Florida home. Carter made the decision in part because of a sickle cell trait which is exacerbated by altitude.
Carter finished with nine points, seven rebounds, and a school record seven steals against Army in his collegiate debut for Air Force last season. He ended the year averaging 1.5 points, 1.5 rebunds, and 0.7 assists per game in limited minutes.
Carter's deflection will be mitigated by a seven-player recruiting class for Air Force, each of whom is coming from prep school. Guard Cam Michael and guard Tre' Coggins are said to the two most likely to see extended action as freshmen.
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