Eli Carter contacted by Seton Hall

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In search of a guard to replace Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall has reached out to Florida transfer and one-time Rutgers guard Eli Carter.

According to Adam Zagoria, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, Clemson, N.C. State, Georgetown and Nevada have contacted Eli Carter.

Recruited out of Brewster Academy (N.H.) as a part of the 2011 class, Seton Hall was in the running for Carter until November of 2010 when he made the decision that he would sign in the spring. Days later, Kevin Willard inked Freddie Wilson, presumably instead of waiting to possibly land the top-150 guard.

Eli Carter played his freshman season at rival Rutgers (14.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg) before breaking his leg the next year, causing him to miss the Scarlet Knights’ remaining seven games in 2012-13. After transferring to Florida that off-season, a less than 100 percent Carter received a medical redshirt after playing minimal minutes over the Gators’ first seven games in 2013-14.

The 6-foot-2 guard missed time early on this past season with a sprained foot but would start 17 games and average 8.8 ppg and 2 apg for Billy Donovan.

A Paterson, New Jersey native, Carter is immediately eligible with one year remaining after graduating this spring and would certainly provide an immediate impact that perhaps no other realistic target could at this point in the recruiting cycle.

  • JJ

    This would definitely soften the Gibbs blow and arguably be an upgrade since he has two years left I believe.

    • ESPN report says he has one year left

      • JJ

        I understand now. Looks like St. John’s could be in play with him with their new transfer that played with him at Brewster.

      • Bob

        Is there any chance we we get carter over all the others. I understand St. John’s is going after as well

  • PirateLacrosse14

    Even with everything that’s gone on internally with the coaching staff, players leaving etc., there has to be some appeal here for a player like Eli Carter or Rasheed Sulaimon. A fantastic group of sophomores to work with, a huge leadership/scoring/upperclassman role to fill in the Gibbs transfer (both players sound like they wanted a larger role on their previous teams), and a decent conference to play in. I’m sure a lot of other schools have similar attractive traits, but (and clearly I’m a bit biased) it sounds like a unique situation for a player who wants the chance to succeed, and have a leading role.

    • There are certainly positives, especially with Eli Carter being a local kid, but generally the other dozen-plus schools have the same if not better things to offer. We shall see if the Hall makes any sort of trimmed down list.

      • Peter

        I think SHU should go for Eric Cobb over Eli Carter with the final scholarship. Take the best player available off the board (Cobb is a 4 star prospect). Braeden Anderson is not a front court solution, Carter only has one year and he may have some injury and chemistry issues. Give Carrington 35 minutes a game at the point next year (I admit we will have to pray he does not get hurt), and then focus 100% on recruiting Bryce Aiken. Aiken would get 20 minutes a game as a freshman and would most likely be a starter his final three years. Dalton Soffer, who was highlighted in another post, will most likely be the next Sean Grennan / Freddie Wilson.

        • So you’re comfortable with just two guys capable of playing PG for next season? Seton Hall would have 10 players at the 3-5 spots and just 3 at guard.

          • Peter

            I am not comfortable with it, but nor am I comfortable with Kevin Willard as coach. I would have preferred that he’d been fired and Bobby Hurley given the job. When it comes to the NBA draft, you never draft for need. You always take the best player available. Recruiting in college should be the same way.

          • Can’t say I agree with that analogy, especially since management has a large say if not all of the say in drafting. College is more short-term. If the Hall still had Gibbs and another open scholarship, then I say you take the best guy.

            Seton Hall arguably needs another ball handler for next season since Willard’s job is most likely on the line if he doesn’t reach the post-season next year. A guy like Carter has a much greater chance at making an instant impact that Cobb.