Has a good feel for the game... Must gain strength to be a successful Division I big man... Has made huge strides as a player and will continue to grow because of an excellent work ethic... Has good hands and all the ingredients to become another in a long line of great Aggie post players... Fits USU system and comes from a quality family that gave him the character he needs to excel at the Division I level.
Was a four-year letterwinner at Prior Lake (Minn.) High School... A two-time all-conference selection... Helped the Lakers improve on their record in each season, capped off by a 20-8 mark as a senior, PLHS's best record in 10 years... Averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game as a senior... Ranked as the third-ranked prospect in the state of Minnesota... Posted 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per game as a junior in helping the Lakers to the Minnesota Section 2AAAA semi-finals... Was ranked the 77th-best center in the nation by ESPN.com following his junior season.
Full name is Carson Raymond Shanks... Born in Waconia, Minn... Oldest of two children of Michael and Amy Shanks, with one younger sister... Father, Michael Shanks, played basketball at Northern State while his uncle, Brian Shanks, played basketball as South Dakota State... Major is undeclared.