N.H. hoopster talks RU visit, plans

The Rutgers men's basketball team hosted a class of 2010 recruit over the weekend, so find out if he committed or not. ScarletReport.com caught up with the player, a guard from Brewster Academy (Wolfesboro, N.H.), as he was driving back to his school. He talks about what he learned abut Rutgers, discusses what he did on his visit and also offers a timeframe on when his decision will come.

Brewster Academy (Wolfesboro, N.H.) guard Austin Carroll didn't know much about Rutgers before the weekend, but after spending 48 hours on campus during his official visit he has an understanding of what life is like in central New Jersey.

The 6-foot-3 Carroll also picked up his first scholarship offer while On the Banks, but he did not commit and is uncertain when he will make a decision on his future program.

"I'm kind of up in the air,'' Carroll said. "I have to come back and talk to my parents and take it all in and see what happens. It was an interesting thing to get a scholarship offer from a Big East school, and the visit definitely upped them on my list from what I saw. I really liked coach (Fred) Hill and (assistant) coach (Darren) Savino.''

Carroll is considered a strong outside shooter who could break zones and also keep teams from packing the interior.

It was his first trip to Rutgers, and he go the full tour. He was hosted by Florida transfer Jonathan Mitchell.

"I enjoyed it very much,'' Carroll said. "Friday, I met with Dean (Carl) Kirschner and the academic advisor, and took a tour of the campus with coach Hill and coach Savino. Then, I hung out with the guys on the team and we went out to dinner at night in New Brunswick.

"I like it a lot. It's kind of like an urban setting, but when you're at the campus, it's really nice. The academics seem pretty impressive from what I saw.''

Academics are one of Carroll's fortes. Last month he visited Harvard, which is recruiting him hard. He is also hearing from Western Michigan and Fordham.

"There's tons of schools coming into the gym every day to see us play,'' Carroll said. "First we do shooting drills, and we also play half-court pickup games.''

Carroll, who is taking a post-graduate year after playing at Worcester (Mass.) Academy last season, went to the homecoming football game Saturday.

He injured his hip a few days before his visit, and he said that prevented him from playing pickup basketball during his trip. He remains uncertain whether he will sign during next month's early signing period or take a chance and wait until after the season, which would give him the opportunity to gain more exposure and increase his offer list.

"I think it's going to be a little while,'' he said. "I could see myself doing it either way. After I talk to my parents and weigh things, then we'll see where we stand.''

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