May 1, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) received Rhode Island College’s John E. Hetherman Award at the College’s annual Cap and Gown ceremony on Wednesday, May 1. The award is based not only on athletic prowess, but also values community and campus involvement. The student who receives the Hetherman Award must be a male student-athlete who participates in intercollegiate athletics, a good student and has demonstrated interest and participation in campus activities.


Carter closed out his four-year career at Rhode Island College having played in 118 games, starting 80 of them. He compiled 823 points, 530 rebounds, 313 assists, 141 steals, and 31 blocked shots. For his career, Carter averaged 7.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks. He is the all-time leader in games played in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history and ranks ninth all-time in career assists.


As a senior in 2012-2013, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) named Carter a 2013 Second Team All-American. Carter is one of only four All-Americans in Rhode Island College men’s basketball history and the first to earn the honor since Alex Butler in 1997. Ricky Wilson (’72) and Troy Smith (’93) were the other two Anchormen to earn All-American honors. 




Carter was named a 2013 Third Team All-American and was also named First-Team All-Northeast District by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), First Team All-Northeast Region by, and was also chosen to participate in the 2013 NABC Reese’s Division III College All-Star game.


Furthermore, he was named the 2013 Little East Conference Player of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. Carter became the first player in league history to earn Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in the same season. He also joins former RIC standout Bobby Bailey as the only other player to win Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season.


Carter, who was named the men’s basketball team’s MVP, was the only member of the Anchormen to start in all 30 games. He averaged 10.7 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds, a team-leading 3.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, while ranking among the top 10 in the Little East Conference in assists (2nd), assist/turnover ratio (3rd), steals (5th), rebounds (6th) and minutes played (7th). Carter reached double figures in scoring 20 times and finished the season with three double-doubles. He totaled a career-high 22 points against Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 8 and hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds on two occasions. Carter handed out a career-high 10 assists on two occasions and also swiped a season-high four steals on two occasions as well. 


As a junior in 2011-2012, Carter was named Second Team All-Little East and to the league’s All-Defensive Team. He played in 29 games, starting all of them, and averaged 10.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while also averaging a team-high 4.2 assists and a team-high 1.6 steals. As a sophomore in 2010-2011, Carter played in 29 games, starting 12 of them, and averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.9 steals per game. As a freshman in 2009-2010, Carter was named to the Little East Conference All-Rookie Team. He played in 30 games, starting nine of them. Carter averaged 3.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 0.5 steals per game.


Carter is a management major and a 2009 graduate of Benjamin Banneker High School.



The Hetherman Award was established in 1958 and sponsored by the RIC class of 1940 to honor its classmate, Jay Hetherman. Mr. Hetherman, while a student, played varsity basketball and baseball for two years. He was also active in the drama club and took part in all “stunt night” activities and major productions. During World War II, Hetherman became a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Jacksonville, Florida in 1942. Approximately one year later, while returning from flying a rescue mission in the South Pacific, Lt. John E. Hetherman crashed and lost his life, leaving an enviable college and service career behind him.