Michigan State’s Ben Carter will play pro basketball in Israel

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News
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There won’t be much of a break for Ben Carter.

After playing a season-high 23 minutes in Michigan State’s loss in the NCAA Tournament last weekend to Syracuse, the 6-foot-9 forward signed on Sunday with the Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem Basketball Club.

The team announced the move on Twitter as the Israeli-born Carter will finish the season with the team and have an option for the 2018-19 season. Carter’s father, Mike Carter, played 11 seasons in Israel and one with Hapoel Jerusalem (1988-89).

Carter was a graduate transfer who played his first two seasons at Oregon before transferring to UNLV. He sat out the 2014-15 season then injured his knee 22 games into the 2015-16 season. He then opted to transfer to Michigan State but injured the same knee in practice before the start of the 2016-17 season.

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Carter then applied for a sixth-year of eligibility and was granted that final season by the NCAA. He appeared in 22 games for the Spartans as he battled an ankle injury midway through the year.

He saw increased playing time in the NCAA Tournament, getting 10 minutes in the win over Bucknell before playing 23 against Syracuse. He scored two points, had two rebounds and two assists against the Orange.

“We fought through everything that came our way, all the adversity and we came up short,” Carter said after the Syracuse loss. “I’m so proud of these guys. I’m so proud to be a part of something so special. These guys taught me something every single day. And even an old guy like me, I learned something from every single one of these guys and I’m proud to be a Spartan, and I’m proud to represent this university the best way I could.”

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