Source: Kurt Helin, NBC Sports
He was tall, had handles and a good court sense, but there were real questions about his shooting and efficiency.
Carter-Williams was ready for it and it was because of his family — his mother, Mandy, played at Mary Washington College; his father, Earl, played at Salem State; and his step father Zach (Mandy remarried) was a college player and high school coach.
How all that shaped Carter-Williams is detailed in a fantastic profile at CSNPhilly.com by Gordie Jones.
Zach also became Michael’s “basketball guy,” according to Mandy, working him out ceaselessly on the family’s backyard court. It’s not like she shrank into the background, though. More than once she rained instructions down on her son from a second-floor window. More than once she badgered him from a courtside lawn chair.
“It’s not something you usually see with a mother and son,” she said, “and I guess that’s where you could say the relationship is a little bit different, because I’m screaming, ‘Follow through!’ … ‘Bend your knees!’ … ‘Jump!’ … ‘Nothing lazy!’
And he seems like he has the mentality, the personality to handle it and everything else that comes his way.