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.
Eli Carter, a 6-foot-2 combo guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy, is Mike Rice’s latest pledge at Rutgers.
A New Jersey native, Carter has lived in Paterson and Willingboro, and will now get a chance to play his college ball in front of his family and friends.
“There is nothing like playing in your home state,” Carter, who plays AAU ball with Sports U, said by text. “My family and friends can watch me play now.”
Carter said he chose Rutgers over TCU, Virginia Tech, Missouri and Providence.
“He chose Rutgers because he has a great relationship with Coach Rice,” St. Anthony assistant Eric Harrield said Friday. “He wanted the opportunity to play in front of his family, particularly his little brother, and be a part of what he feels is becoming a special place.
“He is a Jersey kid and wants to represent Jersey at the state University. He won the biggest game of his high school career there and plans on continuing winning many games there and getting some banners at the RAC.”
Carter initially signed with St. Bonaventure out of St. Anthony before spending a year at Brewster. He won the North Non-Public B title with St. Anthony over Paterson Catholic in 2010 at the RAC.
He joins a five-man recruiting class that includes guards Myles Mack, Jerome Seagears and Malick Kone and big men Gregory Lewis and Derrick Randall. Forward/center Kadeem Jack is already on campus and was a redshirt last season.
Carter is expected to fill the void at shooting created by the losses of Tyree Graham (Achilles’ injury) and Mike Taylor (prep school), and has a good chance to start at the two guard spot.
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.