By: Isaiah Blakely
Robert Carpenter is one of the many fresh faces on this Bonnies team, and he’s looking to add versatility to the frontcourt.
The Detroit, Michigan native played at Mt. Zion Prep in Maryland last season where he averaged 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds including three 40-point games. He was a part of one of the better prep schools in the country helping Mt. Zion to a 28-4 record and a spot in the Elite 8 prep school championship.
The 6’8 forward described St. Bonaventure as a perfect fit for him.
“I felt like Bonaventure was a great fit because I didn’t want to go to a school with a big name and end up not playing very much,” said Carpenter. “I wanted to go to a perfect fit for me.”
Carpenter compares his game to an NBA All-Star.
“I’m a very versatile guy. I can shoot, I can bang inside the paint. I’m a good offensive rebounder, defensive rebounder, hustle guy,” said Carpenter. “A lot of people look at my game and I kind of resemble Kawhi Leonard’s game.”
Carpenter was brought in right away and participated in both summer sessions, and he described the summer as “intense”.
“They really wanted to develop me and just like build me into the player they recruited me to be,” Carpenter said.
The freshman said he worked on his post game this summer because in high school and prep school he mostly played between the perimeter and the post. Carpenter shot 38 percent from the three-point line last year but said he wants to continue to sharpen up his shot.
Carpenter’s ability to score was an aspect of his game Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt highlighted.
“He’s talented, he can put the ball in the basket. He has a bright future,” said Schmidt.
Carpenter had a near double-double off the bench in his debut against Alfred with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Carpenter talked about how people have viewed his diverse skill set in the past.
“A lot of people have different perspectives of me. I try to have a good motor and just show everybody that I can prove everybody wrong,” said Carpenter.
Carpenter can start to prove his doubters wrong on Tuesday night in the Reilly Center against Ohio at 7:30.