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November 3, 2009

Color Him Orange; Hamilton's Carter-Williams verbally commits to Syracuse

Hamilton's Carter-Williams verbally commits to Syracuse

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"This is tremendous for Michael," said St. Andrew's coach Mike Hart. "He's making a wise choice because it's not only a basketball decision, but an academic decision. A lot of kids lose that perspective when they're being recruited, but Mike has indicated that he would like to be a sportscaster or get involved with communications.

"One of the great things about him is that he's never been in awe of the recruiting process. His background has helped a lot. His mother (Ipswich High girls basketball coach Mandy Zegarowski) and stepfather (Zach Zegarowski, who coached at Charlestown High under Jack O'Brien and who was an assistant at Hamilton-Wenham two years ago) have been around the game, and Michael has always been comfortable around college coaches. He values the education part of the recruiting process."

Hart will use Carter-Williams at shooting guard this season because he has a 5-foot-8 player, Myles Brilhante, who fits the bill at the point position, but Carter-Williams' long term future appears to be at the point.

"Mike can continue to learn the point position without having the pressure of doing it all the time this season," said Hart. "He's only going to get better because he's a gym rat and a student of the game.

"He's grown a couple of inches in a year and I think that at Syracuse we could be looking at a 6-6 point guard. Michael kind of reminds me of Shaun Livingston, who was the fourth pick in the (2004) draft (who ended up with the L.A. Clippers). He plays like him. We'll see, but I'm excited."

Players tend to be under the microscope at Syracuse, which is not a pro sports town. But Carter-Williams likes that kind of challenge.

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