We can argue the merits of Eli Carter the basketball player or whether the 6-foot-2 transfer target makes perfect-world sense for Georgetown. On some level, none of that matters now. The Hoyas, expected to enter next season ranked among the nation's top 10-20 teams, lack backcourt depth.
By Monday, the program will know whether they picked up a much-needed guard.
Via his Twitter account on Friday, Carter revealed his final three schools and that he would announce his final decision Monday.
I will be announcing where I spend my 5th year of collegiate basketball on Monday at 1pm. It will be a close one between Georgetown, Boston College and Unlv. They are all great schools and they all offer something special in helping me continue my academic and basketball career.
The fifth-year senior is immediately eligible to play. Carter averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 assists and 25 minutes per game at Florida last season, his second with the Gators after transferring from Rutgers following that program's controversy regarding former head coach Mike Rice.
Carter averaged 15 points during this freshman season with Rutgers. He scored 23 points against Georgetown in a Rutgers loss in Feb. 2013.
Led by rising sophomore forwards Isaac Copeland and swingman L.J. Peak, and incoming freshman center Jessie Govan, the Hoyas appear deep in the frontcourt. The backcourt is another story.
All-Big East first-team selection D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera, the Hoyas top scorer last year, returns for his senior campaign. Rising sophomore Tre Campbell, the only true point guard on the roster, is expected to take on a larger role for the 2015-16 campaign. Those two are the only scholarship guards on the team's official roster. Walk-on's Rian Williams and David Allen are the emergency options.
Peak and forward Paul White can pick up backcourt minutes and small forward Reggie Cameron offers perimeter shooting help, but additional ball handlers are needed.
That's where Carter comes in. Though a limited 3-point shooter (30.5% last season), Carter would give the roster another scoring and late game (80% free throw shooter) option.
If the New Jersey native wants max minutes and shots, he likely chooses UNLV or Boston College. If he wants a shot at winning a conference title, reaching the NCAA Tournament and - with all due respect to the other schools - maximizing his education opportunities, the call is Georgetown. Other transfer targets passed on the Hoyas.
Carter has options. It's unclear what Georgetown does next if they don't land this transfer.