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Morton point guard Carter grows into playmaker role

CICERO – When looking for an explanation of why Morton finished the regular season on such a roll, look no further than Greg Carter.

The senior guard has turned his game up another level late in the season. He was honored during the regular season finale against York on Feb. 26, a game the Mustangs won impressively 81-57, for scoring more than 1,000 career points.

From crowd-thrilling dribbling moves to a deadly 3-point shot that barely spins on its way to the basket, Carter already had plenty of skills and physical talent. This season, he has developed the mental side of running an offense and showed that in a win against Addison Trail on Feb. 21.

“That’s where Greg has improved so much,” Morton coach Tony Martinucci said. “He can still chuck it and drive. We said get Weisner [Perez] the ball every time down the floor from the beginning of the first quarter. He has to touch the ball every time. He did, and then he realized Luke [Belcaster] hit two 3s and he kept getting him the ball. That’s hard to teach.”

Carter’s developed game has drawn interest from Division III schools, but for now, he is still undecided on his future.

He has been on varsity for all four years of high school and started for each of the past three seasons. This season, he has developed good chemistry with fellow senior guard Jarvis Cannon, who shares primary ballhandling duties with Carter, and Perez, Morton’s top interior player.

“[He and I] have a great connection together,” Perez said. “We’ve been playing together for three years now. He can shoot the ball and he knows the right pass to make.

“Not only does he score, but he also distributes the ball and that makes him a great leader for us.”

Carter celebrated the 1,000-point plaque given to him at the York game by scoring 32 points. That win gave Morton a 10-game winning streak entering Tuesday’s playoff opener.

“We’re on a roll right now,” Carter said after the York game. “We’re staying as a team. We’re just playing everyone like it’s the last one. We’ll just giving it our all every possession.”

For all of his and the team’s success this year, Carter still is trying to become a more well-rounded point guard.

“I know I pass a lot, but I want to set people up more,” Carter said. “When I bring the ball up I set people up a lot, but I just want to get people open instead. I want to learn how to screen and roll and stuff like that.”

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