Purdue senior guard Sterling Carter’s college career came to an end Monday.
The university announced that Carter suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and tore the medial and lateral meniscus in his right knee while going to the basketball in the second half of Sunday’s 76-57 loss to Nebraska.
We are obviously disappointed for Sterling and really feel for him, coach Matt Painter said in a release. It’s very unfortunate to see his collegiate career end like this. Sterling gave all he had for the program this year and did everything we asked of him since his arrival last summer.
Carter transferred to Purdue from Seattle University. The 6-foot, 193-pounder didn’t have to sit out a season under the NCAA graduate transfer rule.
Carter started six of 27 games for the Boilermakers, averaging 4.8 points in 15.1 minutes per game. He was second on the team in steals with 25 and third in 3-pointers with 28.
Carter scored a season-high 19 points, hitting 5 of 6 3-pointers, in Purdue’s 82-64 win over Indiana on Feb. 15 at Mackey Arena.
Carter started the last five games for the Boilermakers (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten), who play host to No. 16 Michigan (19-7, 11-3) on Wednesday.
I think Sterling has given us energy, Painter said during Monday’s Big Ten teleconference before the extent of the injury was known. In the Indiana game, he knocked down some shots. That was something we thought he would consistently do for us, and he hasn’t.
He’s been our best defensive guard on our team. He’s been the most diligent defender on our team. That wasn’t something we thought about when he came here.