Warren Carter plays at Illinois

Lake Highlands High 2003 graduate Warren Carter will be inducted into the Wildcat Athletic Wall of Fame Jan. 17 prior to the varsity basketball game against J.J. Pearce. The ceremony will take place about 7 p.m.

Despite a difficult childhood during which his mother was imprisoned, Warren and brothers Josh and Kevin excelled, receiving strong community support and living with another Lake Highlands family to ensure an uninterrupted education at LHHS. Warren was twice named to the UIL All-State team, averaging 25.6 points and 12.3 rebounds as a senior Wildcat.

During college, his Fighting Illini finished 2nd in the NCAA his sophomore year, and by his senior year, he started every game and led his team in scoring with 13 points per game. He received the Big Ten Medal of Honor, given annually for proficiency in scholarship and athletics.

Warren went undrafted but played with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer league after graduation. He then played in Turkey, Spain and Latvia before signing briefly with the New York Knicks. He later played in Greece, Israel, Belgium, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand and France. He retired in 2015 after sustaining a shoulder injury.

Previous honorees on the Wildcat Athletic Wall of Fame include Merton Hanks, Matt Stover, Darius “Doc” Patton, Andre Tillman, D’Wayne Tanner, Marcus Stiggers, Kara Lee Reynolds, Lisa Becker and Warren’s brother, Josh, inducted in 2018.