Rutgers Guard Eli Carter Out For Season With Broken Leg

Eli Carter Rutgers Basketball

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights had a very rough Saturday.  Not only did they lose on the road to the DePaul Blue Demons 75-69, but they also lost their leading scorer for the season. Sophomore guard Eli Carter broke his leg after landing awkwardly after shooting a layup.

Rutgers announced Saturday night that the 6’2″ Carter had fractured his fibula and would be out for the remainder of the season. He will be evaluated by orthopedic personnel later this week.

 

Rutgers coach Mike Rice said after the game, ““We’re going to have to rally around and become stronger as a team. People don’t even understand what he does defensively for us. Night in and night out, he’s on the best perimeter offensive player. We have a lot of big shoes to fill and we’ll get it re-evaluated and it doesn’t look good right now.”

Carter is averaging 14.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and2.1 assists per game. He does a lot of the little things that the young Rutgers team desperately needs to win.

It is hard whenever anyone on a team gets hurt, but like when Kenutcky‘s Nerlens Noel went down earlier this week, it is hard for the a player as special as Carter to be replaced. Sophomore guard Myles Mack will be the heaviest relied upon now for Rutgers. He is their second leading scorer with just over 13 points per game. The 5’9″ point guard is fast and is a terrific passer.

Rutgers will play their first game with out Carter Monday night on the road against the Villanova Wildcats.

 

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