Bettendorf (IA) guard D.J. Carton is becoming one of the most sought after perimeter prospects in the Midwest. Hit the jump as Carton goes in-depth about each of his Summer visits and analyzes his game.

Carton had a breakout Summer with his Quad City Elite squad on the NY2LA circuit, going from under-the-radar in April to highly coveted at the end of July.

“I feel like I stepped up my game and my leadership skills. My team as a whole had a great season, we won a lot of games and became closer while doing it. I feel like my jumpshot opened things up this Summer and made the game come easier.”

D.J. is very good athlete with great elevation, good straight line speed and nice first step acceleration. The lefty makes it extremely difficult for defenders to contain penetration with his combination of ballhandling and athletic ability. Carton’s ability to knock down shots from beyond the arch off the catch and the dribble this Summer took his game to another level though.

“My biggest strengths are my knowledge of the game, my athleticism and quickness.”

A priority prospect in the Midwest, Carton has picked up offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, IUPUI, Northern Iowa, Nebraska, Iowa, Creighton, Minnesota, North Dakota, Kansas State and Illinois since April. His recruitment is trending toward a national profile though, with some powerhouse programs keeping tabs.

“I’m also receiving interest from Virginia, Michigan, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Indiana, Purdue, Georgia Tech and Stanford.”

The Iowa native had a busy Summer on the visit trail, taking in several schools within the region. He touches on each below:

  • Michigan – Michigan was great. The campus was like something you’ve never seen before, awesome place. Great coaching staff and efficient practice


  • Missouri – Have a great coaching staff, practice was filled with talent and upside. Excited to see how they do this year


  • Creighton – The facilities were really nice, the campus was great, the players got along well and had a family feel to it


  • Marquette – Great coaching staff and the team gets along real well, super young talented team and great coaching on top. Marquette madness was really fun


D.J. claims no leaders at this point, and says ‘mostly all of them (schools) are communicating with me a lot.’

Carton is looking to become a more proficient shooter off the dribble to compliment his superb ability to get into the paint.

‘I’m looking to improve my shooting… just dribbling into a shot and my range.”


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