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There’s been a lot of buzz on Twitter the past few days about where Eli Carter would land after asking for his release from Rutgers.
The 6-2 guard led the Scarlet Knights in scoring as a freshman (13.8) and again as a sophomore (14.9) before his season was cut short by a broken leg in February.
While it is understandable why Florida was interested in Carter – he scored 31 points and had seven rebounds and seven assists in a double-overtime win over the No. 10 Gators as a freshman – I found Maryland’s interest to be a bit curious.
Mark Turgeon loves players who can score, but as impressive as Carter’s numbers were his first two years, he seems to be a streaky shooter and sloppy ballhandler, as evidenced by 39 percent shooting (32 percent on 3s) and 2.1-2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Does Turgeon need another player who takes bad shots and commits silly turnovers? Not to mention any names – and you know who I’m talking about – but the Terps have more than a couple of guys like that already.
Carter has two years left and could be eligible to play right away because of the Mike Rice Jr. mess that caused him to leave Rutgers in the first place. That too is a bit problematic when you’re trying to build the kind of program Turgeon seems to be putting together in College Park.
Recruiting a senior point guard like Antonio Barton, who is leaving Memphis, or a combo guard like Vertrail Vaughns, who is leaving George Mason, makes sense because they will be one-year stop gaps who will allow incoming freshman point Roddy Peters to develop.
Bringing in Carter will make for a crowded wing guard situation this year – with Nick Faust, Dez Wells and possibly Seth Allen depending on where Turgeon decides to use Allen – and could hurt the Terps when it comes to keeping 2014 commit Melo Trimble and getting another 2014 prospect, Dion Wiley.
Carter announced last week on Twitter that he was going to choose between the Gators and Terps. He tweeted Sunday that he was on his way to Florida for a visit. New York-based radio host Jon Rothstein tweeted that Carter canceled his visit to College Park.
I am trying to confirm that information, but to me, it seems like Turgeon should be focusing on getting another point guard into the program than another erratic shooter and ballhandler.