Former Florida Tech Basketball Star Chris Carter Inks New Pro Contract with Rostock Seawolves
By Florida Tech Sports Information // August 14, 2020
Seawolves are based in Rostock, Germany
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Former Florida Tech men’s basketball star Chris Carter has signed a new professional contract with the Rostock Seawolves.
The Seawolves, who are based in Rostock, Germany near the northern coast of the country, were a regular opponent of Carter’s previous team, NINERS Chemnitz in the German Pro-A Basketball League, which is the second division of professional basketball in the country.
Carter just finished his fifth professional season, and the second stint, with Chemnitz in 2019-20 where he averaged 9.7 points, 5.1 assists, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game.
He helped lead the team to a league-best 25-2 record before the season was cut short due to COVID-19.
Carter was also a member of Chemnitz for the 2016-17 campaign and held a scoring average of 12.7 points per game to go along with 5.9 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
“I look forward to continuing my professional career with Rostock,” said Carter. “It was not a difficult decision for me. Their ambition to move up and play under head coach Dirk Bauermann played a major role in my decision.”
Bauermann recently joined the club this year and has an extensive coaching resume, including at the international level. He has served as the national team coach for Germany, Poland, Iran, and Tunisia over his career.
“I know Rostock is a great city,” Carter stated. “I really like that is right on the beach and you can experience a lot there. However, the most important thing is that Rostock is an ambitious club that is hungry for success. The training staff, fans, and organization are top-notch. I am ready to go to work. My goal is for us to be the best team in the league and to lead my team to a championship.”
Carter already has experience leading a team to a championship during his professional career. Previous to his most recent stint with Chemnitz, the Port St. Lucie, Florida native was a member of Rasta Vechta, also of the Pro-A League, for two seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
In his first season with Rasta Vechta, Carter averaged 10.9 points, 5.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. He helped the club win the Pro-A championship and advance to the BBL, the top division of German pro basketball.
Carter signed his first professional contract with Bipa Odessa of the Ukranian Superleague, the top level of basketball in Ukraine. Carter caught everyone’s eye during his first pro season as he averaged 14.1 points. 5.2 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game over his team’s 32 games.
Prior to coming to Florida Tech, Carter played for NCAA Division I Air Force during his freshman year. He played in 23 games for the Falcons and averaged 1.6 points and 1.4 rebounds per game as a role player.
When he came to Tech, he had an even greater impact over his three seasons in Melbourne as he averaged 16.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.3 steals per game over 85 career games. Florida Tech made the SSC Tournament every year he was a member of the Panthers.
“I’m very excited for Chris and his new offer to return to Germany for another season of pro basketball at a very high level of European play,” said Florida Tech head coach Billy Mims. “As a collegiate player here, he always exhibited the attitude and work ethic of a professional player, and it’s really paying off for him in his career. I couldn’t be more proud of any player that I’ve ever coached.
As a sophomore, his first season with the Panthers, Carter was named to the All-SSC Second Team and Newcomer Team after averaging 17.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.9 steals per game while shooting 45.6% from the field. During his junior season, Carter scored 20-plus points in 12 games, had eight double-doubles and ranked third in Division II in total assists (214) and assists per game (7.379). He also averaged 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as a junior.
As a senior, Carter put up 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game for the Panthers.
“I follow Chris constantly on social media, and have seen his success over there on the court, over the media, and in the community,” Mims stated.
“Chris has even starred in a few German commercials and is learning to speak the language. He’s a great ambassador for Florida Tech over there and is an outstanding example of the global education and international experience that makes our university famous.”
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