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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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"From what I understand, there's not a lot to do in Syracuse, so everyone goes and watches the basketball games," said Carter-Williams. "I'll have to earn my spot, but I'm excited about it. Syracuse is in the Big East, and I think the Big East and the ACC are the two best conferences in the country. It's the best competition you can get."

St. Andrew's has been a boon to his career, but Carter-Williams said he thoroughly enjoyed his one season at Hamilton-Wenham. It was a positive part of his growing process.

"I definitely needed that year at Hamilton-Wenham," he said. "It was a great experience for me. It made me work hard (towards the future)."

Current H-W head coach Doug Hoak, who was an assistant when Carter-Williams played for the Generals, hated to lose a player of Carter-Williams' caliber, but he understood what was behind it. Yesterday, he was thrilled to hear about Carter-Williams decision to attend Syracuse.

"First of all, he's a great kid," said Hoak. "When he was with us, he was maybe 6-1, but he was so long with those arms that he played much taller. You could see that he had a tremendous upside.

"I just talked to Zach and I'm so happy for the whole family. A kid from around here, it's awesome that he's going to Syracuse."

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