Friday, January 18, 2013
Carter's new role
By Matt Giles
During Rutgers' first two Big East games this season, Eli Carter -- the Scarlet Knights' dynamic offensive force who attempts over 30 percent of RU's shots -- connected on 48 percent of his attempts from the field. However, in the past three games, that percentage slipped drastically to just 16 percent, and Brendan Prunty of the Newark Star-Ledger examined why the high-scoring (and athletic) Carter was struggling.
Per coach Mike Rice, Carter is pressing way too much and settling for quick shots in Rutgers' possession or ill-advised threes. Since there is a plethora of scouting tape on Carter, including his tendencies and desire to penetrate the lane and force opponents into fouls, Big East teams have been able to better defend the guard. However, there are signs Carter has heeded Rice's advice and is trying to be offensively patient. In a win over South Florida this week, Carter converted 50 percent of his shots within the arc, attempting just four long-range tries, and more importantly, attacking the rim (four free throw attempts).