This is Amelia Rayno's third season on the Gophers men's basketball beat. She learned college basketball in North Carolina (Go Tar Heels!), where fanhood is not an option. In 2010, she joined the Star Tribune after graduating from Boston's Emerson College, which sadly had no exciting D-I college hoops to latch onto. Amelia has also worked on the sports desk at the Boston Globe and interned at the Detroit News.

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Paul Carter leaving the University of Minnesota

Posted by: Amelia Rayno under Gophers players Updated: April 7, 2010 - 3:54 PM

Junior Paul Carter has decided to leave the men's basketball team so he can be closer to his sister, Bria, who is battling cancer in Chicago, according to a release from team officials.

Carter sent a letter to's Nadine Babu early Wednesday to announce his decision to leave.

Here's the release: 

The University of Minnesota basketball program and head coach Tubby Smith announced today that junior Paul Carter has decided to transfer from Minnesota to be closer to his sister Bria who is fighting cancer. Carter is on schedule to graduate this spring with a degree in communications.

“We appreciate everything that Paul contributed to this program in his two seasons in Minneapolis,” said Smith. “Our thoughts are with him and his family as his sister Bria continues her battle with cancer. We wish Paul the very best.”

Carter appeared in 63 games (seven starts) in two seasons at the “U” after transferring from Missouri State-West Plains Junior College. He will leave with career averages of 5.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 15.5 minutes per game. He averaged a career-high 6.3 points per game last season to go along with 3.7 rebounds per game.

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