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Carter on his decision

Back with a bit more on Marquise Carter. You can read it below.

UPDATE: Here’s GU’s release on Carter’s signing with a couple of Mark Few quotes.

Meanwhile, UW sophomore guard Elston Turner announced Thursday he’s transferring. Not sure if he’s interested in Gonzaga, but I would guess the Bulldogs are interested in Turner. GU is looking for a shooting guard and Turner certainly fits the bill. More on Turner here.

Marquise Carter had second thoughts, but they led him back to his original conclusion.

Carter, who verbally committed to Gonzaga’s men’s basketball program last week, followed it up by signing and sending in his letter of intent Thursday. In between, however, he acknowledged that he contemplated re-opening his recruitment.

“There were some second thoughts,” said Carter, a two-time NJCAA All-American point guard for Three Rivers Community College (Poplar Bluff, Mo.). “I was comfortable with my (original) decision, it’s just when you have family members closest to you putting things in your head about different schools and different situations … it made it hard on me. I just thought about where I’d fit best.

“I came in (Thursday) morning and talked to (Three Rivers) assistant coach (William Durden) about everything. I told him that my mind was made up. He gave me the papers and I signed them and called coach (Mark) Few and let him know everything was done. I’m excited.”

Three Rivers coach Gene Bess said Carter “has a lot poise, he’s a solid ball-handler, he can shoot the 3 and he can beat his man off the dribble. He’s got a good feel for the game.”

Carter said he’ll probably arrive in Spokane in late June.

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