Why STM guard Carter Domingue spurned scholarship offers to be UL basketball walk-on

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Carter Domingue could have accepted a smaller program’s scholarship offer. But the St. Thomas More guard wanted to play Division I basketball.

Which is why Domingue, who played on four straight STM state championship teams, has committed to UL as a preferred walk-on.

He said “fit” is the biggest reason. But there’s much more to it than that.

“I’ve been dreaming since I was a little kid of playing in March Madness and making a Cinderella run with whatever team I could,” Domingue said, “and obviously the best chance to do that is here.”

The Ragin’ Cajuns haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2014, when Domingue was in fifth grade. But the Sun Belt Conference Tournament winner gets an automatic invitation, and he wants a shot.   

It’s not the only driving force, though, behind staying home even when others wanted to him to leave.

Southern Miss also offered a preferred walk-on spot. Ivy League schools reached out. Lower-level programs including Queens University of Charlotte, Washington University in St. Louis and Loyola University New Orleans made offers.

“But I think this is the best opportunity for me,” said Domingue.

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STM coach Danny Broussard understands

STM coach Danny Broussard gets it.

“I think it’s every kid’s dream to play Division I basketball,” he said.

“With the preferred walk-on to UL … I think he said, ‘Hey, I’m gonna go with this and I’m gonna go get a scholarship eventually, and, man, I’m gonna show (I) can play at the D1 level.’ ”

Carter Domingue takes a shot as the STM Cougars take on the Notre Dame Pios. January 14, 2021.

Broussard, for one, is certain Domingue can, much like he thinks guard Jaden Shelvin, who signed with NCAA Division II member Dallas Baptist, could have too.

“There’s no doubt in my mind they’re both D1 prospects,” the longtime Cougars coach said.

“That kid (Domingue) is going to make an impact at some point in time. I don’t know when it’s going to be. It might not be until his junior or senior year."

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Lafayette roots

Domingue, the LSWA Class 4A MVP, averaged 18.2 points and led STM in all statistical categories as a senior.

He mostly played point guard, but Broussard projects the 6-3 Domingue could play either as a true point or off guard for the Cajuns.

“I like making decisions and being at the helm of the offense,” Domingue said, “but if I need to be an off guard under Coach (Bob) Marlin then I’m happy to do whatever I can to get on the floor and help my brothers win.”

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He’s in it for the long haul, which is another reason Domingue, STM’s student body president, decided to walk-on at UL.

“At the end of the day, it’s not just four or five years of where I’m going to be at school,” he said. “It could be the rest of my life we’re talking about.”

Domingue decided that after being denied the chance to visit other schools because of the extended recruiting dead period.

“I kind of realized during COVID … that Lafayette is a special place,” he said. “There’s so many great people here, and I already have great connections here.

“You know, the community supported me all through my four years of high school, and even before that. … I’m excited to dig deeper into the roots of Lafayette.”