Missouri forward Noah Carter announces return to school for 2023-24 season

On3 imageby:On3 Staff Report04/05/23

Missouri forward Noah Carter announced he will use his additional year of eligibility to return to school for the 2023-24 season, he announced on his Twitter account.

Carter averaged 9.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Tigers while soaking up 21.9 minutes per contest this season.

“Let’s run it back Mizzou,” Noah Carter wrote on Twitter. “Can’t wait for one last go around!”

On a Missouri team that rotated plenty of people in Dennis Gates‘ system, Carter was a consistent contributor. He put in good work on the boards and was one of the energy men on the team.

In addition to his scoring and rebounding, Carter contributed 1.8 assists per game, an adept passer for a big man.

Missouri reached the NCAA Tournament in Gates’ first season in charge of the program and managed to do some damage in the Big Dance. The Tigers knocked off Utah State 76-65 in the first round of the tournament before falling to Princeton 78-63 in the Round of 32.

Carter had solid contributions in both games, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds against Utah State before scoring 14 and snatching four rebounds against Princeton.

That Noah Carter opted to use his additional year of eligibility but not jump into the NCAA transfer portal says a lot about his belief in Gates.

The transfer portal has become an increasingly popular option for players.

Transfer portal background information

The NCAA Transfer Portal, which covers every NCAA sport at the Division I, II and III levels, is a private database with names of student-athletes who wish to transfer. It is not accessible to the public.

The process of entering the portal is done through a school’s compliance office. Once a player provides written notification of an intent to transfer, the office enters the player’s name in the database and everything is off and running. The compliance office has 48 hours to comply with the player’s request and that request cannot be refused.

Once a player’s name shows up in the portal, other schools can contact the player. Players can change their minds at any point and withdraw from the portal. However, once a player enters the portal, the current scholarship no longer has to be honored. In other words, if a player enters the portal but decides to stay, the school is not obligated to provide a scholarship anymore.

The database is a normal database, sortable by a variety of topics, including (of course) sport and name. A player’s individual entry includes basic details such as contact info, whether the player was on scholarship and whether the player is transferring as a graduate student.

A player can ask that a “do not contact” tag be placed on the report. In those instances, the players don’t want to be contacted by schools unless they’ve initiated the communication.

The portal has been around since Oct. 15, 2018 and the new calendar cycle within the portal begins each August. For example, the 2021-22 cycle started Aug. 1. During the 2020-21 cycle, 2,626 FBS football players entered the transfer portal (including walk-ons). That comes after 1,681 entered during the 2019-20 cycle and 1,709 during the abbreviated 2018-19 cycle. In comparison, 1,833 Division I basketball players entered the portal during the 2020-21 cycle after totals of 1,020 in 2019-20 and 1,063 in 2018-19.