As decision time nears, Ben Carter and Rosco Allen are being careful not to rush into anything. That’s why the Bishop Gorman basketball seniors are taking their time with their official recruiting visits heading into national signing day Nov. 9.
“It’s a great problem to have,” Carter said of his many suitors. “I can choose where I want to go, and it’s a great feeling.”
Carter, a polished 6-foot-8-inch forward, said he has narrowed his list of scholarship offers to UNLV, Oregon and Utah. He has taken trips to Oregon and Utah, and plans to make an official visit to UNLV on Oct. 19 and 20.
Carter said he is looking at building a relationship with prospective teammates on his visits, as well as checking out facilities. Former Gorman point guard Johnathan Loyd hosted Carter during his recent visit to Oregon, where Loyd is a sophomore this year.
Attempts to reach Allen were unsuccessful. Gorman coach Grant Rice said the 6-9 forward has made visits to Stanford and UNLV, and will visit Oregon this weekend and North Carolina from Oct. 29 to 31.
Is there any chance Carter and Allen will end up together at UNLV or Oregon?
“We haven’t talked about it too much. We want what’s best for each other,” Carter said. “But we know each other’s games so well.”
Carter and Allen work well together on the floor not only during the high school season, but over the summer with the Las Vegas Lakers, a club team coached by Ben’s father, Mike.
“In workouts, they’ve matured an awful lot from last year,” Rice said. “Rosco is playing aggressive and attacking the basket. Ben is filling that leadership role; I call Ben the ultimate team player.”
UNLV already has a commitment from Gorman senior post Demetris Morant.
Rice said Gorman senior swingman Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s consensus No. 1 player in the 2012 class, will likely wait until the spring to make his college decision.
LOCAL PIPELINE — UNLV’s baseball program continues to land local talent, getting commitments from Centennial senior pitcher/infielder Bryan Bonnell and Silverado senior pitcher/shortstop Michael Meyers.
The Rebels also have commitments in the 2012 class from Gorman infielder Justin Jones and pitcher/infielder Cody Roper, and Coronado pitcher/outfielder Kenny Oakley.
MORE DECISIONS — Gorman girls basketball senior forward Julia Ewalefo committed to Pittsburg State, a Division II school in Pittsburg, Kan.
In girls gymnastics, Silverado senior Andrea Perea committed to Air Force, and Canyon Springs senior Randii Wyrick picked Louisiana State.
SOCCER FORFEITS — Canyon Springs’ boys soccer team forfeited victories over Adelson School on Aug. 31, Green Valley on Sept. 2 and Chaparral on Oct. 4 for using an ineligible player. The Pioneers’ record is now 0-12, 0-9 in the Northeast League.