Carter-Williams Makes Early Pick

Michael Carter-Williams, a 6-foot-5 versatile guard, didn't think he should wait any longer. So the talented prospect gave a Big East school a verbal commitment.

Syracuse is tearing up the recruiting trail.

They already have four commitments for the 2010 class, including a handful of top 100 prospects, and they are still working for more. Now they've added their first verbal commitment for 2011.

Michael Carter-Williams, of Barrington (R.I.) St. Andrews, gave Jim Boeheim and his staff a commitment late Sunday evening.

The Syracuse Orangemen hope that their latest commitment out of Barrington (R.I.) St. Andrews is as good as their first. In 2003, Demetris Nichols pledged to the Orangmen and had a distinguished career. On Sunday, point guard Michael Carter-Williams became the program's second recruit this decade to enlist with Jim Boeheim.

The Orangemen know what to do with good basketball players, but they're also pretty good with broadcasters, of which MCW would like to become one day. Bob Costas and Mike Tirico, to name a pair, are graduates.

"He wanted to go into broadcasting and Syracuse has a pretty good communications program," St. Andrews coach Mike Hart said. "He fell in love with the program and he had trouble saying ‘no' to other coaches. You could tell he was at home."

Providence, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech tried to secure the commitment from one of the more unique players in the current junior class. M.C.W. is a long, slender, ball-handling point who conjures up memories of one of 2004's best guards, at least in terms of first glance.

"He's just under 6-5 and he's still growing," Hart said. "He's learned how to play the point guard position. When I first saw him I immediately thought of Shaun Livingston."

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