With some help from Mozart, Carter Domingue does it all for St. Thomas More
With Mozart playing through his headphones, Carter Domingue enters a state of total calmness before a game.
Domingue sought out that feeling during quarantine, when he spent time alone with a basketball. It was also like that at 6 a.m., when he came to St. Thomas More before school to work on the basics. The evenings were also still, as Domingue shot in an empty gym after football practice.
"I want to be the best basketball player that I can be," he said last week after scoring 25 points against Notre Dame. "I want to make it to the next level, wherever that's at."
On the court, Domingue is the opposite of silent. He's one of the team's most vocal leaders, shouting cues on the court and hyping the team off of it. Domingue is also class president, and holds a 4.0 GPA.
"He's just such an inspirational leader," coach Danny Broussard said. "He's always getting our guys fired up. A true leader, he has quantities that most guys don't posses. He's just a total package."
Due to COVID-19, the end of the football season was a month later. While his teammates were making the transition to basketball, Domingue didn't need to worry. He was playing both at the same time.
Basketball is his main focus, he said, and the sport he wants to play in college, so he couldn't afford to miss half the season. He has interest from UL, Southern Miss and some Division III schools.
His hectic schedule cumulated in late December, when he caught a pass in St. Thomas More's football state championship win, then two days later was named Mr. Basketball at the Sunkist Shootout.
He surpassed 1,000-career points a few days later, joining teammate Jaden Shelvin on the list.
"He's unbelievable," Broussard said. "It's a pleasure to have a guy like that that you don't have to ask to come in. He just puts the time in because he wants to be the best."
The Cougars have won three straight state championships. The chemistry of Shelvin and Domingue, the team's leading scorers, has them primed to repeat once again.
"It's rare to see two outstanding guys that are able to get along on the court and share the basket and pull for one another," Broussard said. "They have no jealousy, those guys just want to win. When you have that quality, its tough to beat."