Make it two highly decorated Bishop Gorman High School forwards heading to the Pac-12 in two weeks.
That’s the case after the Gaels’ Ben Carter chose Oregon over UNLV and Utah on Monday. It was disappointing to the Rebels because most people connected with the program believed Carter could come in and contribute immediately. His decision comes on the heels of Gorman senior Rosco Allen choosing to attend Stanford.
The move makes sense for Carter. He gets to play with former Gorman teammate Jon Loyd, who will be a sophomore for the Ducks this season. But more significantly, he should receive significant playing time from the moment he steps onto the Eugene campus.
Of the five forwards listed on Oregon’s roster, three are seniors and the other two will be seniors next year when Carter arrives. At UNLV, the competition for playing time might have been a bit too fierce. Rebels power forward Mike Moser is a sophomore, and Findlay Prep junior Christian Wood already has committed to UNLV. And the Rebels are still in hot pursuit of Findlay Prep forward Anthony Bennett, who is one of the top uncommitted seniors in the nation. Bennett, an explosive athlete who reminds some people of former Rebel great Larry Johnson, is expected to have UNLV on his short list when he narrows down his choices.
The Rebels, who still have two open scholarships for next year, will now focus their efforts on Bishop Gorman guard Shabazz Muhammad, the top-rated senior in the country, and Bennett before looking elsewhere. Landing either of those prospects would more than make up for the loss of Carter and Allen.