Thursday, April 25, 2013
Carter making visits soon?
By Matt Giles
UPDATE: Guard Eli Carter tweeted yesterday that he is considering Maryland, Florida, Memphis, Creighton, Buffalo and Pittsburgh as potential transfer destinations. Carter decided to leave Rutgers after Mike Rice was fired. We've written previously why Buffalo, even with the lowest profile of the schools he's considering, could be a logical destination. Per his high school coach, Carter has already hosted two in-home visits, from Florida and Pittsburgh. He has yet to go on any officials, though Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports notes the talented guard could make trips to Florida and Maryland within the week.
Carter was by far the Scarlet Knights' most used go-to player, though he was fairly average from an efficiency standpoint. It's likely he'll receive a waiver to play immediately next year given the extenuating circumstances of the Mike Rice situation. That means he's in line to be a significant contributor right away wherever he goes, though he would be a complete program-changer at Buffalo.
---We were stunned to learn that not only had Eli Carter requested his release from Rutgers, he had done so several days before the announcement was made public, which meant the soon-to-be Big Ten school (July 2014) had even less time to try and retain the high-scoring (but less-than-efficient) guard.
There haven't been many options afforded to Carter, but one possible destination that was posited by Alex Kline of the Recruit Scoop was Buffalo. The Bulls' new coach, Bobby Hurley, certainly has a familiar ring to Carter: his father, Bob, is the longtime coach at St. Anthony High School, and coached Carter during his pre-college years. Also, his former AAU coach was named an assistant to Hurley at the MAC school.
Recruiting Nation's Dave Telep wrote how significant this hire could be in his Cleaning Out the Notebook story on Friday. "Bobby Hurley, the new coach at Buffalo, tapped into a familiar familial pipeline when he hired Eric Harrield as an assistant," wrote Telep. "Harrield coached under Hall of Famer Bob Hurley Sr. at St. Anthony in Jersey City, N.J."
Will that be enough to sway Carter to Buffalo? That remains to be seen. But the opportunity could be there. Without Tony Watson in the lineup, a guard whose eligibility expired after last season, there is a definite scoring void in the backcourt, and Carter -- who might be able to suit up immediately rather than waiting out a year -- could seamlessly transition to the program.
We will continue to keep our eye out for any tidbits or interesting destinations for Carter, as well as his other Rutgers' teammates who have reportedly also decided to transfer from the New Brunswick.