Carter & Taylor: A Tale of Two Rutgers Guards

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Eli Carter went to prep school for a fifth year and ended up with a scholarship to Rutgers.

Mike Taylor had a scholarship to Rutgers, and must now spend a fifth year in prep school to fulfill his dream of playing Division 1 basketball.

The two guards passed one another, literally and figuratively, during the Frankie Williams Charity Classic Thursday night at the Theodore D. Young Community Center.

Instead of heading to Rutgers this fall, Taylor, the former Brooklyn Boys & Girls High star, will instead travel out to Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center to play for new coach Rafer Alston, the former NBA standout who also serves as Taylor’s AAU coach with the New York Panthers.

“Of course, everybody knows he’s been in the NBA, he was a great guard in the NBA,” said Taylor, who scored 11 points as the White team edged the Black team, 106-105. “And I know he’s going to help me on my skills, not just wanting to win basketball games. He wants everybody to get better.”

Alston, who took the job at Christian Life Center after his playing days were over, said he wants to work on developing Taylor’s game.

“Mike needs some skill work and that’s what we are going to work on,” Alston said by text. “He needs to improve his ballhandling and his work ethic overall. Mike can shoot and has good size.”

The 6-foot-3 Taylor signed a Letter of Intent with Rutgers in November and was excited to be a part of coach Mike Rice’s heralded first recruiting class. But academic and disciplinary issues proved to be his undoing, even as he helped Boys & Girls win its second straight PSAL championship at Madison Square Garden.

“It’s not really that,” he said. “I just that don’t think I was ready enough. I don’t think I was ready, and playing in the Big East you have to be ready. I’m not a point guard. I’m not really a shooting guard, so I have to get a position.”

Rutgers has now parted ways with the former Boys & Girls star and he has reopened his recruitment.

“Now I’m wide open,” Taylor said of his recruitment. “It’s real tough but I made my own decisions and I have to just break through it and get more schools and follow up on it next year.”

He plans to return to the AAU circuit this summer and hopes to impress the college scouts.

“I’ll get a school from this summer going to Vegas and stuff like that so I should be good,” he said.

Carter, meanwhile, is coming off a fifth year of prep school at powerhouse Brewster (N.H.) Academy, where he played alongside fellow Division signees JaKarr Sampson (St. John’s) and Naadir Tharpe (Kansas), among others.

After initially signing with St. Bonaventure out of St. Anthony, the 6-2, 195-pound Carter says the extra year helped prepare him for college.

“It was actually good,” he said after putting up 12 points and 9 assists in the loss. “Without me committing [until late] I had to work hard every day to make sure I got the schools I wanted. So I put the work in every day.”

Carter will join fellow backcourt mates Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears in what should be an exciting group of guards at Rutgers.

“I know them pretty well,” Carter said. “I knew Myles from being in Paterson [N.J.] and from the AAU circuit, and Jerome I met this year. We got to know each other well.”

All three are scoring guards who can handle and break down defenses.

“It’s going to be great,” Carter said. “It’s going to make it easier for us. It’s going to be harder for other teams to defend us because we have a lot of guards who can shoot, handle the ball, get teammates involved.”

Carter looks pretty bulked up but said all the Rutgers recruits must hit the weight room to compete in the Big East.

“We’re going to be in the weight room as much as possible,” he said.

While Taylor will leave the New York area to pursue his Division 1 dream, Carter will return to play college ball in his home state.

“I can’t wait,” he said. “My family’s excited to come watch me play, so I just can’t wait to step on the court.”

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563 comments
charlieoak
charlieoak

I WANT TO SEE PLAYOFF GAMES !!!!

carl hill
carl hill

"Big Boy on my left, Dre on my right, tight like hallways, smoked out always..."
 Hootie Hoo, MF'ERS..

frankieboy
frankieboy

Yep...I called it. Woody looking nervous now. Pity we let this one get away. 



xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Are u folks listening to Woody press conference? YIKES! He doesn't try to even come up the idea that they needed to double jack or whatever to get the ball out of his hands and make others try to beat us........ even after the game!  Please get this dude off the sidelines!

newyorker9
newyorker9

Phil Jackson to the rescue, thank god he's the president of this team, bye woodson

nixredux
nixredux

@xmen

I saw that. Lol, JKidd MVP caliber coach. The Nets team respects him though

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

THE FINAL POST IS UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

WOODY IS FVCKIN SLOW AS HE((!!!!! LISTEN TO HOW HE TALKS!!!! 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

WE ARE DONE WITH WOODY!!! IMAGINE HIS DOOFY SHIIT IN THE PLAYOFFS!!! WE'LL GET SWEPT!!!

FIREEEE HIZ STUPID LOOKIN AZZ!!! 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Oh Great, the f###king Nets come back and beat the Mavs. They will catch the Raptors and hopefully we catch the Hawks. 

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

FATTY FELTON CAN NOT DEFEND PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!


WAS SHUMP MISSED ?????????

chudogz
chudogz

Another back up has a career night on Fatty..... He better tighten up b4 his 3 yr road trip!

charlieoak
charlieoak

ANTHONY COLD - BUT STILL THE SHOOTER IN THE FOURTH .  PRE-MELO-ADONNA IS NOT A PLAYER!!!!!!!! HE IS A THUG -  ALL ABOUT ME,  ADD FELTON AND WOODSON AND YOU HAVE A GANG NOT A TEAM!!!!!

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

What a night to lose???? Not only was this game so winnable but, we would have gained some ground on one of the teams...


JUST TURRIBLE!!!!!

rgm891
rgm891

A desperation game and that's how we play the second half?  Atlanta is handing us the 8th seed.  And we choked like Felton does on a hotdog during halftime of every game.  

mel brown
mel brown

I love Melo, but can he please learn how to dish when he is close to the basket.  He had Amare on the right as he committed the charge against Verajao.   A major flaw in his game. 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

WASHINGTON HEADSKIN SVCKS AZZ---TOO MUCH BOOZE AND PIPE!!!!

nixredux
nixredux

@jimmybx

Mark da Shark Cuban always knew chandler was overvalued & overrated & overpaid.

rgm891
rgm891

Cole Aldrich is going to punch Woody in the face in the locker room tonight.  Woody will have a cracked tooth like Aldrich on the roadtrip and blame it on Phil Jackson.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@xmenreturn  I heard him... It is just painful....

He knows his days are numbered.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@nixredux The thing Kidd does is try to make sure his team understands who has the mismatch and who has the hot hand.  He directs his team to keep going back to that until the opposing team stops it.

MetsKnicks
MetsKnicks

@xmenreturn  We probably would have caught Atl but tonight was just a terrible terrible loss. We are screwed

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

Woody's favoritism will prevent us from making the playoffs.

mel brown
mel brown

@charlieoak What is the definition of a thug??  According to the one I know you are using it way out of context and it makes no sense.

Ray Jorge
Ray Jorge

@charlieoak Were all upset that we lost but WT ish IS YOUR PROBLEM CALLING PEOPLE THUGS YOU RACIST PUNK!!!

MetsKnicks
MetsKnicks

@charlieoak  True.  So who you want taking the big time shots? Felton? Chandler? JR? 

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

@mel brown  FVCKIN WOODY'S PLAYS!!!! DO YOU SEE HIS WHITEBOARD!! LOOKS LIKE A FVCKIN BABY SCRIBBLED ON THAT SHIIT!!!

Jaime
Jaime

@mel brown IMO, Amare should have been on the other side of the basket for a clean pass.  Woody drew it up for Amare to be on that side with Melo...not good.

charlieoak
charlieoak

@mel brown @charlieoak  from the web site - urban dictionary  - As Tupac defined it, a thug is someone who is going through struggles, has gone through struggles, and continues to live day by day with nothing for them. That person is a thug. and the life they are living is the thug life.  The THUGs on this team have no vision and continue to rely on the other THUGs on this team.

JerseyFan1
JerseyFan1

Who ever is open; should not be done in ISO. Jackson will change that.

mel brown
mel brown

@charlieoak  As I stated, way out of context and in no way applies to the basketball game that took place tonight.  Oh yeah.....Tupacs' definition was self-defined.   I guess Thug is the new term for N*gger according to you.   Are you a thug? lol