St. Joseph's Jawan Carter, one of four freshman guards who played for the Hawks last season, is transferring to Delaware, where he established the state's career scoring record with 2,464 points at the Tatnall School.

A university source yesterday confirmed that Carter requested his release late last week.

Carter started 26 games and averaged 7.6 points during St. Joe's 18-14 season. He played an average of 25.7 minutes, the most among the freshman guards, but it is believed that the amount of minutes he would see in the future became an issue in his decision to leave.

Carter could not be reached for comment. Neither St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli nor Delaware coach Monte Ross would comment on Carter's plans because the paperwork required for the transfer has not been completed. Ross helped recruit Carter at St. Joe's while serving as an assistant under Martelli. He was named Delaware's head coach before last season.

Carter, a native of Chester, had said he selected St. Joe's partly because of the success that former all-American guard Jameer Nelson enjoyed at the university. Last season, Carter shared point guard duties with Darrin Govins, a former Chester High standout, as Martelli rotated his four young guards, including D.J. Rivera and Garrett Williamson.

Despite Carter's loss, the Hawks have the potential to have a deep and effective backcourt. Tasheed Rice, a Philadelphia native who transferred from Iowa State, will be eligible to play next season.

Contact staff writer Ray Parrillo
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