Weber State basketball center Cody Carlson signs pro contract, leaves Wildcats
Cody Carlson’s time at Weber State has come to an end.
The second-time senior has signed a contract to play professionally and has left the Weber State men’s basketball program, effective immediately, WSU announced Tuesday.
“I’m happy for Cody to have this opportunity to play professionally,” WSU head coach Randy Rahe said in a statement. “It’s been a pleasure to coach Cody and to have him be a part of our program. He is a wonderful person and we wish him nothing but the best of luck in his professional career.”
Carlson could not immediately be reached for comment. According to a report from Christos Harpidis of Total Basket in Greece, Carlson has signed with Mladost, a Serbian professional team competing in the ABA League Second Division and the Basketball League of Serbia.
The Duluth, Minnesota native transferred from Division II program Concordia-St. Paul and played 38 games over the last two seasons at Weber State. After a just-in-time approval of his transfer waiver request, he started in his first DI game and his putback slam was Weber State’s first basket of the delayed 2020-21 season.
Carlson started all 23 games last season, averaging 10 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest, shooting 61.2% from the field and 46.9% from the 3-point line.
Using the extra season of eligibility approved by the NCAA due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Carlson returned this season as a senior and started the first nine games.
The 6-foot-10 Carlson played in 15 of this season’s 19 games, starting a total of 11, averaging 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, shooting 48.4% from the field and 17.6% from the 3-point line. He fell out of the rotation as WSU sought consistency on both ends of the floor from its center spot.
Carlson’s career highs both came in a home blowout of Southern Utah last season when he totaled 25 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-13 shooting, and was a key cog in a team that finished as the eighth-best shooting team in the country.
He opened this season averaging 10 points per game through the first three games, grabbing a total of six rebounds in those contests.
Carlson’s departure leaves WSU with 12 scholarship players. In recent weeks, senior Dontay Bassett seems to have laid claim to the bulk of the minutes at center. Bassett missed nine games to start the season due to health and conditioning issues and, after a few appearances, got his first start of the season Jan. 13 against Idaho.
In four starts, he’s averaged 10.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, capped with Monday night’s career-high 18 points in a win at Southern Utah.
For the future, Carlson was one of five seniors set to leave the program at season’s end, leaving WSU’s recruiting prospects unchanged.