Jim Christian continued his good month on Monday, locking up some much-needed depth at the guard position for next season by landing Florida graduate transfer Eli Carter. Carter, who chose BC over UNLV and Georgetown, announced the news via Twitter (though he hid it a little bit by making you click through for the big reveal):
First I would like to say thanks to all three schools for the relentless pursuit in my abilities. I will be ... http://t.co/PMTRvb9DKN— Eli Carter (@Eli_Carter5) June 22, 2015
Carter will be eligible immediately for the upcoming season, as he just graduated from the University of Florida. The Eagles will be his third collegiate team; he started his career at Rutgers, suffering a major leg injury and transferring out of Rutgers following the dismissal of coach Mike Rice.
While Georgetown and UNLV have had more recent success than the Eagles, it's likely that Carter was promised the opportunity for more playing time at BC; he's likely to be counted on to be an impact player for the Eagles given the pieces that graduated or left early after this year. Hope seemed lost when it was announced that Carter would not be taking an official visit to BC, but it's pretty clear that the New Jersey native had enough information about BC at that point to commit his future to the Eagles.
Here's how SB Nation Florida blog Alligator Army described Carter:
Carter, like virtually every other player on Florida's 2014-15 roster, combined flashes of brilliance with exasperating spates of poorer performance...
...I firmly believe the Carter we saw at Florida — a scorer forced to become a shooter by his own physical limitations and an offense that prized efficiency, and a square peg in a round hole as a result — was a significantly lesser version of the player who led Rutgers for almost two years.
Transferring obviously allows Carter, who will graduate this week, a final chance to make an fresh mark on college basketball, in a fifth season in five years. And my sense has always been that he's a good guy, just one beguiled and limited by injury.
Carter averaged 13.8 and 14.9 points per game in his two seasons at Rutgers before his productivity fell off during his stint with the Gators, likely never fully recovering from his broken fibula suffered during his sophomore season. Last year with Florida, he averaged 8.8 points per game and two assists per game, playing about 24.5 minutes per contest. We'll see what his production looks like with more playing time next year - and, crucially, we'll see if he's physically up to taking a leading role on a team that will be relying largely on newcomers to contend in the ACC.