Boston High School: Oregon State

Brewster's Carter commits to Rutgers

April, 23, 2011
ESPNU is reporting that Brewster Academy post-graduate point guard Elijah Carter has verbally committed to Rutgers University.

Carter, a 6-foot-1 native of Paterson, N.J., initially committed to St. Bonaventure last year while he was a senior at St. Anthony High School, in Jersey City, before deciding to re-open his recruiting and head up to the Wolfeboro, N.H. campus for a post-graduate season. At the time of his commitment yesterday, Carter was also considering Oregon State, Wake Forest, South Florida and Iowa.

It has been reported that Carter will take the scholarship that shooting guard Michael Taylor of Brooklyn's Boys & Girls High had signed in the fall. Taylor is expected to spend next season at a prep school.

Auguste's recruitment picking up

April, 21, 2011
ESPN's Adam Finkelstein checks in today on his recruiting blog with New Hampton junior forward Zach Auguste, who has been attracting the eye of a handful of Division 1 college coaches this week.

Most notably, Finkelstein writes, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett and his staff arrived on the New Hampton, N.H. campus last Friday at 6 a.m. to watch the 6-foot-9 Marlborough native work out. Auguste, who transferred to New Hampton last year from Marlborough (Mass.) High and repeated his junior year, currently holds six scholarship offers: Boston College, DePaul, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Penn State and Wake Forest.

"I haven't seen any campuses yet," Auguste told Finkelstein. "I'm going to wait until the fall to do anything but I'll have a decision before the season starts."

Auguste has seen his lanky, raw potential turn some heads in his first season with the Huskies, who advanced to the NEPSAC Class AAA Finals this season. As Finkelstein writes:

Auguste is a long and athletic forward who has started to turn raw potential into more consistent production within the last year. The latest in a long line of skilled big men to come through the Mass Rivals AAU program, he was groomed by coach Vin Pastore to follow in the footsteps of guys like Michigan's Evan Smotrycz and Wake Forest's Carson Desrosiers, who were big but nonetheless extremely skilled on the perimeter.

With that foundation already in place, Auguste arrived at the New Hampton School and began to add a low-post game under the tutelage of head coach Pete Hutchins, incorporating a jump hook into his arsenal and gaining valuable experience playing under the boards in arguably the most talent-laden league in the country.

Now, while he's still far from a finished product, Auguste shows signs of being a true mismatch forward, equally capable of scoring and rebounding in the paint as he is shooting or driving off pick-and-pop action on the perimeter.

And when you're his size and capable of doing all of those things, coaches are only all too happy to wake up early to see you work out.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's ESPN blog as well as his New England Recruiting Report.

Top coaches take in STM's upset of Brewster

February, 17, 2011
ESPN's Adam Finkelstein writes on his recruiting blog today about some of the premier high-major Division 1 coaches on hand to take in St. Thomas More's 78-64 win over previously-unbeaten Brewster Academy on Tuesday night. West Virginia's Bob Huggins, Florida's Billy Donovan, and Iowa's Fran McCaffery were some of the most prominent names on hand to watch the nation's No. 1 junior, Andre Drummond, as well as Brewster's two uncommitted high-major recruits Elijah Carter and Mitch McGary.

The Chancellors' win over Brewster snaps the Bobcats' 31-game winning streak, dating back to last season when they beat Winchendon for the NEPSAC Class A title.

Finkelstein writes:

Huggins has been no stranger to the St. Thomas More gym in recent years, having landed both Devin Ebanks and Danny Jennings out of the Connecticut prep school while his latest target is Andre Drummond, the nation's top ranked junior, who, despite reports to the contrary, has not named a list or discussed any specific schools in his recruiting.

He also adds:

As for Donovan, while he would undoubtedly like a chance to land Drummond, the more likely target is Brewster Academy's 2012 big man Mitch McGary, who named Florida among his nine favorites just a week ago.

For McCaffery, the trip was most likely focused around Brewster's post-graduate guard Elijah Carter who had recently named the Hawkeyes among his current list of offers that also included Georgia Tech (who was represented with an assistant coach), Wake Forest, Oklahoma, Oregon State, South Florida, and Rhode Island.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's ESPN blog as well as his New England Recruiting Report.