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Friday, April 19, 2013
Eli Carter leaving Rutgers

By Kieran Darcy

NEW YORK -- Eli Carter, Rutgers' leading scorer last season, is the latest to leave the program in the wake of the Mike Rice scandal.

"I have officially been released from Rutgers mens basketball team and I'm exploring all options," Carter tweeted Friday. In a subsequent tweet, he added, "My experience at Rutgers has been great but it's time for me to move on now! I appreciate you all. Thanks!"

Carter, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound sophomore shooting guard from Paterson, N.J., averaged 14.9 points per game this past season, which was cut short when he suffered a fractured right fibula in a Feb. 16 game against DePaul.

Rutgers has reached an agreement with Los Angeles Lakers assistant Eddie Jordan for him to become the Scarlet Knights' new coach, but that obviously didn't convince Carter to stay.

Fellow starting guard Jerome Seagears also recently announced he was transferring, and reserves Malick Kone and Vincent Garrett have left the program, as well.

Junior Mike Poole also received his release from Rutgers this week, The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported.

The loss of Carter and Seagears, plus the graduation of senior forwards Dane Miller and Austin Johnson, leaves Rutgers without four of its top six scorers from this past season.