Posted: Apr 2, 2021 / 6:50 PM EDT
Updated: April 2, 2021 / 6:50 p.m. EDT
ATHENS, Ohio (WCMH) – The Ohio Bobcats men’s basketball team is just after one of the most successful seasons in school history and just got better.
# 13 Ohio Bobcats upset # 4 Virginia 62-58 in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament
Former Johnstown star Jason Carter moves back to OU after two seasons with Xavier, according to Stadium.
Xavier Transfer Jason Carter is returning to Ohio University, he told @stadium. Played his first seasons with Ohio U. before spending the last two on the Musketeers. Significant pickup for Jeff Boals and the staff.
– Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 2, 2021
Carter spent three seasons in Athens, playing for two years and wearing a medical red shirt with a leg injury in the 2016-17 season.
- CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 5: Jason Carter # 1 of the Ohio Bobcats tries to shoot the ball as Zach Hankins # 35 of the Xavier Musketeers defends at the Cintas Center on December 5, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey / Getty Images)
- CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 5: Jason Carter # 1 of the Ohio Bobcats shoots the ball against Naji Marshall # 13 of the Xavier Musketeers at the Cintas Center on December 5, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey / Getty Images)
- CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 5: Jason Carter # 1 of the Ohio Bobcats shoots the ball while Ryan Welage # 32 of the Xavier Musketeers defends from behind at the Cintas Center on December 5, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey / Getty Images)
Carter averaged 16.5 points per game with the Bobcats in the 2018-19 season. In that second season he played an average of 31 minutes per game. He played with the Musketeers for more than 25 minutes per game in both years, but averaged less than seven points per game each season.
Carter’s size will be a significant asset to the Bobcats, with three players standing at 6’8 ” while the other two are Dwight Wilson III and Ben Vander Plas.
At Johnstown, Carter averaged 20 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks per game as a senior in 2015-16, making the Associated Team Division II First Team and All-Ohio High accolades for a second straight year School Athletic Association to receive series.
OU made its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2012 and was only the sixth team in school history to win a game in big dance.