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Bona lands verbal from St. Anthony's guard

Elijah Carter, a 6-foot-1 point guard from St. Anthony's in New Jersey, has given a verbal commitment to St. Bonaventure. Carter plays for the legendary Bob Hurley.

Earlier today, Carter wrote on his Twitter page that he narrowed his schools down to Bona, Robert Morris and LaSalle. At about 3 p.m., today he wrote, "I decided that I will take my game to St. Bonaventure next year...=)...let's go!"

"The deciding factor was that I wanted to go to a school at the highest level that was recruiting me so I can be challenged," Carter told The Buffalo News. "Another deciding factor was that there's a lot of (Bona) alumni in the New York and New Jersey area so this will help me get a good job when I come back."

The Bonnies have two juniors in Ogo Adegboye and Malcolm Eleby running the point so Carter will come in next season and learn behind two seniors before taking over the team for the next three seasons.

“He’s very athletic and can get to the basket,’’ Hurley said. “”He’s a natural scorer and he’s really had some very impressive games in the last season and some good camps last summer where he made a name for himself.’’

He attended the Five Star camp at the end of last June and was named MVP of a camp at Fordham that include over 400 players. Carter also attended the Eastern Invitational Camp at in Pennsylvania and made the top 25 all-star team out of a group of over 700 players. Hurley estimates that there were 50-75 Division I prospects at the camp.

“St. Bonaventure saw him during the Eastern Invitational and began the (recruiting) process,’’ Hurley said. “They did a good job in recruiting. There was definitely a comfort level when Elijah went to visit. They got themselves a good player.’’

Hurley said Carter should lead St. Anthony’s leading scorer on what should be a nationally ranked team.

“I have three other kids one is being recruited by the ACC, the other by the Big East and one committed to Richmond and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Elijah led us in scoring this year,’’ Hurley said. “He’s going to put some big numbers up. He could have wound up making the recruiting process very complicated. He is a good get for them in the early period.’’

---Rodney McKissic



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