Point guard Reid Carrier recently decided to transfer to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun Gap, GA and reclassify to the class of 2023.
He made the tough decision to leave Highlands, but his heart will forever be with the program.
“I loved playing for Highlands School with my friends and for Coach Lamb,” he said. “With everything going on in high school sports right now, transferring to Rabun Gap made the most sense for me academically and athletically. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to play for Coach Cox and with all of the talent that they have.”
The extra year should provide him more time to be seen by coaches, while working on his game and his body. So far, he’s reached out to various schools across the country to gauge their interest and he’s already communicated with at least 25 different programs.
Despite reclassifying to 2023, most coaches still have him on their 2022 radar, including the programs that reached out on the first day coaches could contact 2022 student-athletes.
“I’ve heard from about 25 different schools, via email, where they were, for the most part, telling me things like they like the way I play, I’d be a good fit for their programs and I’m on their 2022 radar,” Carrier said. “On June 15, the first day schools could contact the class of 2022, I got calls from schools like Furman, Appalachian State and Mars Hill.”
During those calls, a lot of the coaches were not only impressed with his game but also his work in the classroom.
“For the most part, they told me that they like the way I play,” he said. “They feel like I’d be a good fit for their program, they are impressed by my GPA, and they’d love to have me come for a visit when things like that are available again.”
Last season, Carrier averaged 22.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assist per game. He was also 11th in the nation in points per game, and 16th in steals per game for the class of 2022 point guards. With numbers like that, it was hard for coaches to not give Carrier a call.
“Coaches seem to like my basketball IQ,” he explained. “And the way I compete on both ends of the court.”
The next step for Carrier is playing against top level talent at Rabun Gap, and improving his overall skill set. He said that, “I’ve really been focusing on improving, increasing, my strength and speed.”