As part of the fallout from the scandal involving Rutgers and former men's basketball coach Mike Rice, the Scarlet Knights' leading scorer is expected to transfer out of the program. On Friday, Eli Carter announced the names of the two schools he's considering playing for next.
Maryland is one of them.
Down to Maryland & Florida!! #Decisions— Eli Carter (@Eli_Carter5) April 26, 2013
The sophomore guard averaged 14.9 points last season after tallying 13.8 as a freshman. The New Jersey native missed the final seven games this season with a broken leg suffered against DePaul, which came two games after he scored 23 points against Georgetown.
The other option is Florida. The 6-foot-2 guard eliminated Pittsburgh, Memphis, Creighton and Buffalo from the mix.
Rice's dismissal and the hiring of former Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan as the program's head coach is apparently not swaying Carter's mind about staying at Rutgers. From the Newark Star-Ledger:
When word of his release became public last week, Carter tweeted that his experience at Rutgers was "great" before adding: "it's time for me to move on now."
He is still on campus, attending classes, but is believed to be considering other options.
Carter was expected to host Maryland's coaching staff for a home visit on Wednesday. One report on Friday had the scoring threat canceling a pending visit to College Park, though that came 40 minutes before Carter's tweet announcing his final two schools.
Typically transfers must sit out one full season, though the situation at Rutgers could lead to an early waiver for Carter and other players.
Following Pe'Shon Howard's transfer, Maryland could use another point guard option to pair with rising sophomore Seth Allen and incoming freshman Roddy Peters. Carter is not that, but rather a player from the Terrell Stoglin volume-shooting model. Regardless, Maryland could certainly use another experienced guard, not to mention a capable scorer.
Carter played High School basketball at legendary St. Anthony's (N.J.) followed by one season at Brewster Academy (N.H.).