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Carter’s UCLA Visit Pushed Back; Boatright Decommits; ‘Nova Draws a Crowd (UPDATED)
Elijah Carter‘s official visit to UCLA has been “pushed back,” according to a source with knowledge.
It remains unclear when the 6-foot-2 Carter will visit UCLA. He was supposed to visit Sunday-Tuesday and then trip to Oregon State Halloween weekend.
On Saturday, Carter is slated to take an unofficial visit to Seton Hall for the “Meet the Team” event that is expected to draw much young local talent, including Isaiah Lewis of Christ the King and Terrence Samuel of Brooklyn South Shore. Yet because he has the flu, Carter may skip that trip.
On Friday night Carter dropped 27 points in a 96-95 loss to Boys & Girls in the Is8 playoffs.
Having missed out on Mount Vernon’s Jabarie Hinds and other targets, the Bruins focused on Carter, who plays at Brewster (N.H.) Academy.
Eric Harrield, Carter’s coach with the Sports University AAU program, said Carter’s list now includes UCLA, Seton Hall, Charlotte, Oregon State and Rhode Island.
He is due to visit Oregon State Halloween weekend.
UCLA is also involved with Oak Hill point guard Quinn Cook, who’s also looking at Duke and Villanova.
“[UCLA] coach [Ben] Howland is a great coach,” Cook told ESPN.com. “His past four point guards have been NBA players and he wins; he had three straight Final Fours.”
BOATRIGHT DECOMMITS FROM WEST VIRGINIA
On Monday, Aurora, Ill., point guard Ryan Boatright committed to West Virginia.
On Tuesday, Hinds committed to the Mountaineers on SNY.tv.
And on Friday, Boatright decommitted from Bob Huggins‘ program.
“He did decommit,” Ryan’s mother Tanesha told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But we don’t have any comment right now. We are thinking about it and trying to accept it as a family.”
Last season Boatright averaged 26.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
During his commitment on SNY, Hinds said the two could coexist and prosper.
“It will really help a lot,” he said. “Trying to go there and win a national championship, you can’t do it by yourself. You need other players around you. So that should be a good thing.”
BIG CROWDS AT ‘NOVA, IONA
Villanova was expecting a huge list of impressive recruits for its First Night event on Friday, including committed 2011 players Markus Kennedy, Achraf Yacoubou, Tyrone Johnson and Darrun Hilliard. Also expected were Michael Young, Ryan Arcidiacono, Omar Calhoun, Amile Jefferson, Savon Goodman, Kyle Anderson, Brandon Austin, Terrence Samuel, Jordan Washington, Jordan Dickerson, Reggie Cameron, Kavon Stewart, Nate Britt, Kris Jenkins, Jevon Thomas and DJ Fenner.
Visitors at Iona for Maroon Madness include: Jalen Jenkins and Amadou Sidibe of Cardinal Hayes, Shamel Williams of Thomas Jefferson, Joel Angus of Bishop Loughlin, Marc Bourgalt and Orlando Sanchez of Monroe College, Marcus Dumas, Jermaine Peart and Clayton Sterling of Westchester CC, Isaiah Williams and Danny Lawhorn of The Robinson School, Jerrel Marshall and Isaiah Cousins of Mount Vernon and Emmy Andujar of Rice.
Georgetown is no longer involved in the recruitment of Point Pleasant (N.J.) wing Jarelle Reischel, who is still considering Rice, Seton Hall, Penn State and Temple…Desmond Hubert arrived in Winston-Salem at around 7AM on Friday. He will be there for the weekend taking an official visit. Hubert heads to Maryland officially next weekend…Former Niagara commit Shaq Duncan takes an official visit to Morgan State this weekend…DaJuan Coleman and Jason Boswell are on an unofficial visit to Syracuse this weekend for Midnight Madness…Max Hooper of Brewster Academy is on an official visit to Harvard this weekend…Mike Lenz of Indiana & Alex Mitola of New Jersey will visit Cornell unofficially this weekend….John Golden, Jvonte Brooks & Xavier Harris are on official visits to Darmouth this weekend…Alabama picked up a verbal commitment from Shannon Hale…Despite rumors, Kyle Wiltjer has not decommitted from Kentucky. Rumors stated that he had re-opened his recruitment and was planning on committing to Washington…Aaron & Andrew Harrison will take unofficial visits to Maryland this weekend….Virginia Tech has offered Allerik Freeman.…After his visit to Villanova on Friday night, Ryan Arcidiacono will head to Boston College for an unofficial visit on Saturday….Mike Shaw will take an official visit to Illinois this weekend.
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.
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