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After taking weekend official visits, New Jersey products Elijah Carter and Desmond Hubert are still weighing their options as they move closer to decisions.
The 6-foot-2 Carter, a Willingboro, N.J., native, visited Oregon State this past weekend and watched the football team pound Cal, 35-7, on Homecoming Weekend.
“I had a great time,” Carter said by text. “I really enjoyed the college life out there.”
Carter spoke with former St. Anthony teammate Devon Collier, a Bronx native who chose to attend college in the Pac-10, about life in Corvallis.
“He told me it’s easy to stay focused out and everyone treats you well,” Carter said.
Asked how much of an influence Collier would have, Carter said, “He’s not going to make a decision for me but I will listen to what he has to say.”
Oregon State is heavily pursuing Carter and assistant coach Doug Stewart plans to come out Friday for Brewster Academy’s Midnight Madness.
The No. 22 point guard in the Class of 2011, Carter says his list currently includes Oregon State, Charlotte, Seton Hall, UCLA and Rhode Island.
He has no other visits currently planned.
As first reported Monday by ZAGSBLOG, Oak Hill point guard Quinn Cook is expected to decide between Duke and UCLA.
Findlay Prep point guard Myck Kabongo just decommitted from Texas and lists Texas, Duke, Syracuse, Kentucky and North Carolina. Syracuse is probably not an option because they already have Michael Carter-Williams and Trevor Cooney in the fold.
Still, Carter said those two would not impact his decision.
“No, I am not waiting to see what they are doing,” Carter said.
As for the 6-9 Hubert out of New Egypt High, he tripped to Maryland this past weekend and enjoyed himself as well.
“I had fun at Maryland,” Hubert said by text. “They said the more I develop my offense it would make me very versatile, plus the defensive presence I already have.”
The No. 15 center in the Class of 2011, Hubert lists Maryland, Wake Forest, Villanova Georgia Tech and Princeton and said he “probably” will visit Princeton this weekend. He tripped to Wake two weeks ago.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.