Not many players have had the spring that 2019 Five Star DJ Carton has had playing with Quad City Elite in the NY2LA Basketball Association. Carton continues to rise in the rankings and show that not only can he compete at the highest level of competition, but stand out among other elite players. Cartons recruitment has blown up over the last 12 months and he recently cut his list of schools down to Indiana, Iowa, Marquette, Michigan, Ohio State, and Xavier, although he says he is still open to new schools reaching out. 

Carton broke down each of the six mentioned above.

Michigan: “I have a strong relationship with the coaching staff and they are a winning program. Coach Beilien develops guards really well.” 

Ohio State: “I have a strong relationship with the coaching staff and players. They have a great broadcast school and get guards in the NBA.” 

Indiana: “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff. They are rich in tradition and the atmosphere there is crazy.” 

Iowa: “Great relationship with the coaching staff, and really close with the players. It’s close to my family and has a bright future with getting recruits.”

Marquette: “Key is guards play, and I love the tempo that they play at. I have a strong relationship with coaches and they have a big fan base.”

Xavier: “Good relationship with the coaches, great fan base, and they have a winning tradition and have been successful in regular and post season play. 

Carton recently took part in the USA Basketball U18 Training Camp as one of 33 invitees, and was selected one of 18 finalists to make the final roster. 

“It was good, I learned a lot,” said Carton. “Most importantly I got to know the guys, made friends and really enjoyed spending time with them off the court. It was a great experience and only drive me to become a better player.”

Carton also talked about his experience playing in the NY2LA Basketball Association and the platform it has given him.

“I feel like exposure comes with your talent and how your carry yourself off the court, if you can ball people will see it,” said Carton. “NY2LA Sports and the NY2LA Basketball Association has given me many opportunities to play against great competition, play with a team that represents my community and where I’m from, and excellent exposure in front of a lot of scouts and high major programs.”