D.J. Carton took a big step toward establishing himself as one of the best point guard prospects in the Midwest in the Class of 2019 with his performance at the NY2LA Summer Jam in the Milwaukee area.
His recruitment is on the cusp of going national.
Carton had 19 points in one game, 28 in another and held Quad City Elite reach the semifinals. He impressed the college coaches who were watching. Nebraska coach Tim Miles saw him play and extended an offer.
Carton, 6-2 from Bettendorf (Iowa), has six offers thus far with front-runner Wisconsin, Northern Iowa, Marquette, North Dakota and IUPUI joining Nebraska.
Coaches from Purdue, Northwestern, Butler, Minnesota and Illinois were all in watching Carton this weekend and Iowa and Ohio State have shown interest.
“I feel like I have been playing well, leading my team and things like that,” Carton said. “My jump shot is starting to come along so I’ve been shooting more of those lately. …
“We finish up with a tourney in Kansas City and then I need to get back to work getting shots up every day to improve on my jumper and make it consistent.”
Carton can score and create, but he also impressed with his defense.
“My high school head coach really had me focus on defense these past couple years,” Carton said. “Without him, I wouldn’t be the player I am today.”
Contributing: Cody Goodwin, Des Moines Register