Rampart's Dawson Carper announces college commitment to play basketball

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Photo - Rampart's Dawson Carper is defended by Doherty's Emmanuel Burleson (left) and Kayden Washington (right). Doherty defeated Rampart 89-87 in overtime at Doherty High School on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE
Rampart's Dawson Carper is defended by Doherty's Emmanuel Burleson (left) and Kayden Washington (right). Doherty defeated Rampart 89-87 in overtime at Doherty High School on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. JERILEE BENNETT, THE GAZETTE

Rampart senior Dawson Carper is no longer a high school free agent.

On Thursday, the 6-foot-11 center announced his commitment to play Division I basketball at the University of Hawaii.

Carper tweeted a video around 4 p.m. which he announces "the next chapter" of his basketball career, and thanked family, friends and coaches. 

"I would like to thank my family; Mom, Dad and Toby for always being right there on this journey. And my two fans, Bubba and PapPap. You never missed anything.

He also thanks a host of coaches and organizations that helped him along the way.

"Thank you all so much," he writes as the video fades to black.

Carper is a two-year varsity veteran for the Rams and averaged 15.9 points per game as a junior. He flirted with a double-double average with 7.8 boards per game, and had 39 blocks last season.

Last year Rampart made an appearance in the CHSAA 5A Sweet 16.