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April 3, 2013

Carter-Williams, Syracuse soaring into Final Four


Carter-Williams’ stock has never been higher. Once the Final Four was set, some NBA Draft experts projected that only two top-10 talents remained in the tournament — Michigan’s Trey Burke and Carter-Williams.

Just a sophomore, Carter-Williams has not yet made his intentions known regarding the draft, and it’s far from being the most important thing on his radar at this point.

A matchup with a red-hot Michigan team will be tough, especially with a Wolverines’ backcourt that includes Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr.

“We expect them to play tough and try to score some points against our zone,” Carter-Williams said. “They’ll look to jump out on us quickly. We want to go in playing our game. We’re expecting a great, competitive game and we’re looking to play our best and come out with the win.”

Carter-Williams is looking forward to the entire Final Four experience and he’s thrilled that he’ll get to play in front of 15 family members and close friends.

His performance has made his family proud in what has been a difficult time. Carter-Williams’ home in Hamilton was severely damaged when a fire broke out in the house’s chimney while Syracuse was in the process of advancing to the Sweet 16.

Carter-Williams’ mother Mandy Carter-Zegarowski and sister Macey were in San Jose, Calif. for the game, while his step father Zach Zegarowski and his two brothers were home.

Everyone got out of the house safely and now they are all looking forward to heading to Atlanta to cheer on the Orange.

“It’s been unbelievable. We watch the Final Four every year and Zach sometimes goes just to go and hang out,” said Carter-Zegarowski, who is the varsity girls basketball coach at Ipswich. “To see Michael putting on the hat and T-shirt and cutting down the net, it was surreal, especially since I didn’t anticipate it. I wanted to think it was a possibility, but it didn’t seem like it was in the future.

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