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By Travis Sloat

Fifteen-year-old Bartlesville point guard Jordan Carter has had a basketball in his hands since he was two years old. 

“I grew up with it,” Carter said. “My whole family loves basketball. I used to love going to watch my uncle play at Kansas State, and it’s always been in my life.” 

Carter is the "Character Counts" athlete for the Bruins this month, and he says having character is what separates you from everyone else. 

“I try to have a good attitude all the time, and I try to encourage others and lift them up,” he said. 

That good attitude was tested, when in October, Carter suffered a knee injury during practice. 

“A teammate accidentally stepped on my shoe while I was moving, and I heard a pop,” Carter said. “The doctor said I wasn’t getting good blood flow in my knee. I am recovered now, and I’m working to get stronger physically and mentally to help my team grow and accomplish great things. I want to try to be a leader on and off the court.” 

Carter said he likes to model his game after his uncle, and Trae Young, because they control the offense. 

“While they can obviously score, they both look to involve others in the offense as well,” he said. “Plus my Uncle Joe brings intensity on defense.” 

In his free time, Carter said he still enjoys being on the hardwood, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his family.

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