Six-foot-8 Jackson Memorial senior Eric Carter announced on Friday that he has verbally committed to Delaware, becoming the third Division I recruit for the Jaguars in the last four years.

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Carter chose the Blue Hens over Drexel, Northeastern and Towson. He was a second-team All-Shore selection as a junior after being the leading scorer on a Jaguars team that finished 22-6. He projects as a stretch-four, point forward-type of player.

"I just felt it was the best fit for me academically, playing-wise and for my family and friends,'' Carter said.

He joins former Jaguars' standouts Jimmy McDonnell (Temple) and Brandon McDonnell (Dartmouth) as Division I recruits for a program that has become a perennial top 10 team in the Shore under coach Joe Fagan. Fagan also credited Brandon McDonnell with mentoring Carter and helping him become a leader.

"A 'project' would probably be a nice word when he first entered the program,'' Fagan said. "He has lost 40-45 pounds, and went from not having a great work ethic to having a great work ethic. He has really come a long way, and this is a testament to that. Brandon used to do the butt-kicking in practice, and now Eric does it."

"It just brings a smile to my face,'' Carter. "(Fagan) told me after my freshman year I have a chance to be something special and go to college and play the game I love. I'm just happy it's all paying off and put a smile on my mom's face that I finally did it."