Teenage basketball player Nahziah Carter is a “long and athletic wing with significant upside,” according to ESPN.com.
He’s also Jay-Z’s nephew, but Carter seems to be making a bit of a name for himself in the world of elite youth hoops.
This weekend Carter dunked on two of the nation’s top basketball prospects. Here he is throwing down over Bol Bol, the son of former NBA star Manute Bol and a player we recently wrote about.
Now, there’s a kernel of a bigger, weirder concept at play here.
Jay-Z famously came from nothing, selling narcotics in the housing projects of Brooklyn before he conquered the rap and business worlds. Manute Bol also lived a challenging life, emigrating from Sudan to the U.S. thanks to his basketball talent but continuously searching for ways to aid his warn-torn homeland until he passed away in 2010.
Now here are the next generations of each man’s family, Nahziah Carter and Bol Bol, striving for greatness in the sports-entertainment industrial complex amid relatively privileged circumstances. Anyway, that’s enough pseudo-depth for one blog post. Now back to Carter, whose father is apparently Eric Carter, Jay-Z’s older brother.
Carter (Nahziah, that is) also dunked on Marvin Bagley, who’s ranked as the top player in the class of 2018, this weekend.
It’s pretty savage.
Those highlights come from the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League, which is a national organization for top-level high school players to play in front of college coaches and scouts.
Carter plays club ball for the Albany City Rocks, and played high school ball last season for Bishop Kearney in Rochester, New York. He was in the class of 2017 and committed to play next season for the University of Dayton, but recently reclassified to 2018 and re-opened his college recruitment.
@aintnojigga, a Jay-Z fan account, posted this photo of Carter and his famous uncle from this weekend’s hoops action.
It’s not likely we’ll starting referring to Jay-Z as “Nahziah Carter’s uncle” anytime soon; he’d have to get a lot better at hoops for that to happen.
But it is undeniably cool to see the young man making a name for himself on the hardwood — even if it makes us feel old by association.