Blue Hen product Carter comfortable in workout with 76ers

Eric Carter

PHILADELPHIA — Eric Carter believes in himself as a basketball player.

The former University of Delaware standout said he doesn’t get overly concerned about the level of the opposition.

So Carter said he felt comfortable working out for the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

“I’ve been around great players before in the summer,” Carter said in an interview posted on the 76ers’ website. “I work out with NBA players.

“I don’t really care who’s on the court. I think, at the end of the day, you’ve got to be able to put the ball in the hoop no matter who you play against — whether it’s a No. 1 pick or a kid in the schoolyard. You’ve got to be able to score the ball and prove you can play basketball.”

The 6-foot-9, 235-pound Carter was one of several players the 76ers worked out on Wednesday in preparation for the NBA Draft, which will be held on June 20.

Carter averaged a career-high 15.8 points and 9.7 rebounds as a senior for the Blue Hens. A second-team All-CAA pick this past season, his 55.7-percent field goal percentage ranks third in UD history while his 818 rebounds are the sixth-best.

In his workout on Wednesday, Carter thought he showed the 76ers he was capable of shooting the ball well.

“I think I did well in one-on-one situations,” he said. “I showed I could be a skilled player. I think I shot the ball pretty well.

“I know I’m a good passer and I can score the ball. In the NBA and at the professional level, you have to be able to stretch the floor and make plays.”

A native of Jackson, N.J., Carter grew up a fan of Allen Iverson and the 76ers, among other NBA teams. He said his agent expected to schedule some other tryouts for him, including one with the Nets.

“It was an exciting experience,” said Carter.

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