The Colorado State men’s basketball team has added an All-American big man to the squad for next season.
Patrick Cartier of Hillsdale College has verbally committed to transfer to the Rams, where he’ll have two seasons of eligibility left to play.
The 6-foot-8 forward had a decorated career at the Division II level, leading his team in scoring all three seasons he played.
A two-time DII All-American, he averaged 22 points per game (10th in DII) this past season as the junior helped Hillsdale reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He also averaged six rebounds per game and shot 65% from the field.
As a sophomore he was a consensus All-American as he averaged 20 points per game. As a freshman he also led the team in scoring, rebounding, blocks and field goal percentage.
Cartier received transfer interest from Wisconsin, Marquette and Colorado, according to 247Sports. He’s originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin.
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It’s the second year in a row the Rams have added a DII All-American. Guard Chandler Jacobs joined last year from Dallas Baptist for his last season of college eligibility and quickly became a fan favorite.
There are multiple ways Cartier could fit a role for the Rams. CSU lost 6-foot-9 forward Dischon Thomas in the transfer portal and he’ll bring some needed size to the roster. If David Roddy withdraws from the NBA draft and returns to CSU Cartier could potentially be an option off the bench if James Moors starts at center.
He’s the third addition but first transfer of the offseason for CSU. The Rams have either signed or landed commitments from forward Jack Payne (out of Boise) and guard Tavi Jackson (out of Las Vegas). CSU still has two open scholarships with those three additions.
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