Oregon Ducks forward Ben Carter to transfer to UNLV

Jeff Gross

Although the school has yet to make it official, it appears that the Bishop Gorman product will be returning to Las Vegas as a member of the Runnin' Rebels.

Carter, the 6-foot-8 sophomore forward was originally courted by UNLV head coach Dave Rice when coming out of high school, but he ultimately decided to leave his hometown and join Dana Altman in Oregon.

After two seasons in Eugene, it was a lack of playing time that lead to Carter's decision to leave Oregon. Ironically, this is mostly due to the presence of former Runnin' Rebel Mike Moser, who transferred from UNLV to Oregon for his senior season. Moser jumped ahead of Carter in the lineup and became the team's leading rebounder and second leading scorer.

Carter started 5 games for the Ducks last season and averaged only 2.5 points in 12.7 minutes. As a freshman, Carter played in all 37 games. Putting up a season-high 12 points in Oregon's 83-79 victory over UNLV at the Thomas and Mack Center.

After Roscoe Smith declared for the 2014 NBA Draft, UNLV had a scholarship available. The opportunity seemed perfect for Carter to step in and join the Runnin' Rebels after getting a release from his Oregon scholarship.

Carter joins A.J. Lapray as the second Oregon Duck to transfer out of the program this week. Also due to a lack of playing time, Lapray has announced that he will be attending Pepperdine next season.

Oregon coach Dana Altman had this to say regarding the two transfers:

"Ben and A.J. are both good young men and we wish them nothing but the best in the future."

It's gonna be interesting to see where Carter will fit in with UNLV in the future. He will most likely be ineligible for the 2014-2015 season due to NCAA transfer regulations. But depending on who stays and who goes after the upcoming season, Carter could have a substantial role with the Runnin' Rebels going forward.

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