Carter Names Six

Brewster Academy Point Guard Eli Carter has seen his stock rise since heading to prep school. The New Jersey native holds some strong offers and is taking his time sifting through the schools. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the St. Anthony's grad to get the latest.

After losing Cully Payne to an apparent season-ending injury, Fran McCaffery is searching far and wide for point guard help in the late signing period. Eli Carter fits that description very well.

"It's a new coaching staff that's trying to turn it around back to where it used to be at the school," said Carter, a Class of 2011 recruit our of Brewster Academy. "They're playing well against good competition this season. They just told me they need a few more pieces and they'd love to have me be one of those.

"At the very least if I go there I will be playing for a great coach. Coach (Fran) McCaffery is also a good guy."

Carter announced on Twitter Monday that he was considering six schools. He told me that they were Iowa, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, South Florida and Oregon State, the only school that he has officially visited.

"Those are my Top Six for now, but I'm still open to other schools coming in and recruiting me," Carter said. "Some other schools have contacted my coach, but I don't want to put their names out there."

Carter is running the show as Brewster is off to a 14-0 start. The Bobcats are the defending prep school national champs.

"I feel like I can play either guard spot, but I'm working a lot this season on getting my teammates involved," Carter said. "I'm not looking to score as much."

Carter, who played at perennial power St. Anthony's of Jersey City, said he's not close to making a decision on college. He previously signed a letter of intent with St. Bonaventure but opted for prep school.

"I'm basically looking for a school with a fun atmosphere," Carter said. "I want to get along well with the players and connect with the coaches.

"I'm talking my time getting to know all of the coaches now. I talk with the head coaches a lot and feel like I'm starting to connect with them."

Carter said that he wants to know what the coaches plan for him, what their systems are like and how much of an emphasis they put on academics.

"The system I like is up-tempo," Carter said. "I like to get out and push it. But I also feel like I can adjust my game to any system."

Carter said that distance from his home will not factor into his college decision.

"It won't make a difference," he said. "If it did, I wouldn't be looking at Iowa or Oregon State."

Carter has yet to set up any visits.

"Like I said, I'm taking my time, so there really isn't a rush," he said. "If I can fit some in during the season, I will. I'm just not sure where I'm going or when."

What are Iowa's chances for a visit?

"Pretty good," Carter said. "I'd say right now I'll probably visit Iowa."

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