Gish signs LOI with Saint Mary
McLouth Carter Gish officially concluded his four-year tenure at McLouth High on Saturday, but the celebration began a day early.
The Bulldog grad made sure the end of his high school career didn't mean the end of his basketball career when he signed with the University of Saint Mary on Friday at the MHS auditorium.
"It feels pretty good," Gish said. "It was a long process and I kind of signed later than I thought I would, but it's good to get the stress of the recruiting out of the way."
Listed at 6-foot-6, Gish emerged as the Bulldogs' leading scorer in his final high school season. He posted several games of more than 20 points and helped MHS to a 10-10 record in 2012-13.
Following the season, he earned an All-Delaware Valley League first-team selection and was named an All-State honorable mention by multiple media outlets. He was also selected to play in the Northeast Kansas All-Star Game at Highland Community College.
His success hasn't been limited to the basketball court, as he's also a member of the National Honor Society. He graduated on the MHS gold honor roll with a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.99.
Gish will join a USM squad fresh off a regular season Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference title. The Spires went 22-9 this season and made their second consecutive NAIA national tournament appearance under head coach Jon Bishop.
"When I went there on my visit, it was like I was already a part of the team," Gish said. "The guys treated me really nice and the coaching staff was amazing, so I really liked it."
Bishop saw Gish play in the 2012 McLouth Invitational and also learned of the MHS grad through connections with his Mid-America Youth Basketball team, the KC Premiere.
"We were recommended by a few people," Bishop said. "We had seen (Gish) play last year, and the more we watched him this year, the more we liked him. I think that's big in recruiting because, sometimes, the opposite happens."
Bishop was recently named the 2013 KCAC Coach of the Year. He has led the Spires to a combined 47-15 record in the last two seasons.
Gish will join a squad looking to replace six seniors, but will likely redshirt as a freshman.
"I think the good thing for Carter and any recruit is the bar is set pretty high," Bishop said. "We've finally got it to where our expectations are pretty high every year. I don't know if he'll come in and make an immediate impact, but I think his best basketball is down the road. He's got a chance to be a pretty good player in our league."