Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The long and winding recruitment of Eli Carter may be coming to a close — and Rutgers is in front.
“Rutgers is in the lead after the visit,” St. Anthony assistant Eric Harrield said by text, referring to Carter’s weekend official visit.
“He loved the campus and the atmosphere. He was surprised by Rutgers. All he had ever seen was the RAC. He loved the passion and intensity of Mike Rice and where the program is headed and how he would be utilized in the system. Rice recruited him when he was at Robert Morris so there is a great familiarity there.”
Said Carter by text: “Yes, and I just had fun on my visit.”
Rutgers can offer immediate playing time to the 6-foot-2 Carter, who spent last season at Brewster (N.H.) Academy under coach Jason Smith after playing for Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony.
Shooting guard Tyree Graham is out for an undetermined period of time after Achilles’ surgery and recruit Mike Taylor is headed to prep school.
Rutgers is bringing in a five-man recruiting class that features two former St. Anthony players in point guard Myles Mack and power forward Derrick Randall. Like Mack, Carter has lived in Paterson, N.J. Randall also played at Paterson Catholic.
Harrield said there was no timetable on a decision and that Carter may still visit TCU.
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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.