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Sunday / February 5.
  • Elijah Carter Opens it Up

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    Elijah Carter has decommitted from St. Bonaventure and intends to spend next year at a prep school.

    “I’m opening up my recruitment,” Carter said Saturday by phone. “St. Bonaventure is still my top school.”

    Carter, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound guard from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony, decided he needed a year to mature.

    “I’m doing a year of prep school,” he said. “I’m looking at Winchendon (Mass.) and Brewster (N.H.) and a couple other schools right now. Me and my parents came to an agreement that I needed to mature as a player and a person.”

    Carter recently dropped a game-high 42 points in New Jersey’s 124-119 double-OT loss to Connecticut in the JCC Schoolboy Classic.

    It was the most points scored in the event since Jeff Ruland dropped 45 in 1977, according to the Stamford Advocate.

    He also poured in 55 points in a game at the Donofrio Classic.

    “After seeing Eli play in the last two games, I’d have to say he’s taken his game to a whole new level,” St. Anthony assistant Jason Hasson said recently. “Right now he’s practically unstoppable. He’s been in the gym working out every day and it shows. His shooting range has increased to 22 feet and he’s finishing at the rim. I think right now he’s a Big East guard going to play in the Atlantic 10.”

    (Photo courtesy Hudson County Varsity)

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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.