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  • Elijah Carter Has a Top Five

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    Elijah Carter is settling into his new life at Brewster (N.H.) Academy and trimming his college list as well.

    The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carter, a former St. Bonaventure commit, says his top five consists of Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Charlotte and Clemson.

    Carter had an in-home visit with Oregon State assistant Nate Pomeday on Tuesday night. He also recently had an in-home with Cincinnati head coach Mike Cronin and assistant Darren Savino and also took an unofficial to Seton Hall.

    Carter said no official visits are set although Oregon State would like him to visit in late October.

    Carter lives in Willingboro, N.J., so Seton Hall would be close to home.

    As for the Seton Hall unofficial, he enjoyed it.

    “They say my first year I would play right alongside Jordan Theodore and contribute as a freshman,” Carter said. “My sophomore year they would give me the ball and I would run the team and lead.”

    Cincinnati is also high on Carter, who opted to prep at Brewster after finishing up at St. Anthony instead of going directly to college.

    “I’m building a good relationship wiht Coach Cronin and Coach Savino,” he said. “They came in and let me know how everything was.”

    The Bearcats recently got another Jersey player when Shaquille Thomas committed on SNY.tv, and Carter and Thomas have a connection through Paterson. Carter grew up there and Thomas attended Paterson Catholic.

    In March, after Thomas was already long gone from Paterson Catholic, Carter put up 28 points and 14 rebounds when St. Anthony beat the Cougars, 63-49, in the North Non-Public B title game at Rutgers. PC was ranked No. 3 in the nation at the time.

    “That’s my boy right there,” Carter said of Thomas. “I knew him from AAU and stuff like that.”

    As for Oregon State, head coach Craig Robinson came into St. Anthony last year and plucked away forward Devon Collier, Carter’s former teammate.

    Before making any decisions, Carter is adjusting to life at Brewster, where he plays on a loaded team that features JaKarr Sampson, Naadir Tharpe and Markus Kennedy.

    “We’re all playing together so we’re looking real good,” he said.

    “It’s a good experience because in college everybody’s gonna be good. This is just a starting point.”

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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.

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