Elijah Carter's recruiting process might move at a snail's pace. It could be slower.
"It's still in the very preliminary stages," Brewster Academy Coach Jason Smith said. "There will be no decision before the end of the season and it could go for a while into the spring. He wants to let the coaching carousel that happens run it's course.
"He's going to be very cautious this time."
Carter originally signed with St. Bonaventure in the 2010 Class. After some off-court problems with the Bonnies and the exit of the assistant that recruited him to the program, he asked for and was granted a release from his letter of intent with the school.
Texas A&M worked hard to sign Carter in its 2010 Class, but the point guard already had committed to Brewster as a post-graduate player, Smith said. After all the drama, Carter has pledged to take his time.
"He's going to have a chance to learn from what happened," Smith said. "He can research the schools and see how they play this year and maybe take some visits during the season to check out the basketball environment.
"Some of the guys that make decisions early go on visits during the football season. Well, that's great if you're going to play football. It doesn't mean much if you're playing basketball."
Iowa recently offered Carter a scholarship. Hawkeye Coaches Fran McCaffery and Andrew Francis began their connection with the point guard while he was playing at St. Anthony of Jersey City for legendary coach Bob Hurley.
"It helps that they're not starting from scratch. They've already worked on a relationship when they were at Siena," Smith said. "I think this gives Elijah a good chance to see what Coach McCaffery is doing at Iowa this season and continue to get to know them."
Before going to Brewster, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Carter officially visited Seton Hall, Oklahoma State, Charlotte and St. Bonaventure. He has put himself in position to get a lot more exposure at Brewster if he continues to improve.
Carter plays more two guard than point with Brewster as Kansas commitment Naadir Tharpe runs the show. He's also surrounded by other high-end DI talent in Durand Johnson (Pittsburgh), Jakarr Sampson (St. John's) and Markus Kennedy (Villanova).
"He's a scoring point guard," Smith said of Carter. "He's a tough kid who's obviously been well coached with Bob Hurley. He can defend both guard spots. His list (of offers) will get a lot longer before it gets shorter."
Smith compares Carter to a former Brewster guard Reggie Moore, who averaged 12.7 points and 4.2 assists as a Washington State freshman a year ago. Sounds like a player the Hawkeyes could use with Bryce Cartwright being a senior and Cully Payne a junior next season.
"I think he's very interested in Iowa," Smith said. "But again, he's going to be very careful in this process. He's going to be deliberate and make sure he doesn't have to do it again after picking a school this time around."