One of the few remaining available players who will be eligible to play immediately next season, former Florida guard Eli Carter will announce his college choice Monday. News of a decision date was first reported by ESPN.com, and three schools remain in the running for Carter: Boston College, Georgetown and UNLV.
Eli Carter’s had quite the experience when it comes to Division I college basketball. Originally a member of the Rutgers program, Carter played two season there before a broken leg in a game at DePaul ended his 2012-13 season prematurely. That season was capped by the firing of Mike Rice, with Carter being one of the players who transferred out in the aftermath of the controversy.
From there it was off to Florida, where he played in seven games before having to redshirt for health reasons (the same leg he broke as a sophomore was once again an issue) during their Final Four season. Carter (8.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.0 apg in 2014-15) decided at the end of the 2014-15 campaign to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere, and while there was some consideration of a return to Gainesville that will not happen.
As for Carter’s three choices, UNLV has the most perimeter depth at this time. They add two transfers in Jerome Seagears (who was a teammate of Carter’s at Rutgers and sat out last season) and Ike Nwamu, and another newcomer in freshman Jaylen Poyser. That triumvirate joins returnees Patrick McCaw, Jordan Cornish and Daquan Cook, with the latter having missed all of last season with a torn ACL.
Boston College has options on the perimeter going into next season, but the issue for Jim Christian is that those players are incredibly young. Rising junior Garland Owens is BC’s most experienced perimeter option, with he and sophomore Darryl Hicks being joined by four incoming freshmen.
Georgetown can also use another experienced body on the perimeter, with D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera being their lone scholarship upperclassman. The Hoyas also have two talented sophomores in Tre Campbell and L.J. Peak, and freshman Kaleb Johnson will compete for minutes as well.