Aquille Carr, never heard the name? You will soon, don’t worry. This 5'6", 140-pound point guard is a sophomore at Patterson Senior High (Baltimore, Maryland). He has been called “The Most Exciting Player in the 2013 Class” and I cannot argue with that statement (I even went with it as the article title).
Carr is ranked 48th overall on ESPN’s 2013 class rankings. Rankings don’t always matter too much though, as we have seen top players not live up to their high rankings. Many players like being under the radar. Unfortunately for Carr, he won’t be under the radar for long. Hoopmixtape.com released a mix tape of him two days ago and the video is already approaching 100,000 views. (View video)
Make sure you check it out. This kid is insane and that’s an understatement.
Carr has the height of Muggsy Bogues, the dunking ability of Nate Robinson (or close to it), the ball-handling of Rajon Rondo and John Wall combined and the jump shot of Chris Paul. Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “He can’t be that good!” His jump shot is a bit streaky and needs to be more consistent; if that consistency comes, he definitely has the Chris Paul jump shot.
Am I over exaggerating his ball-handling? Not really. If you watched the video you probably agree with me. Nate Robinson-like hops...CHECK. Carr has been known not only for his flashy dribbling but has also dunked. I don’t mean just a little dunk—he has dunked on guys.
Currently ESPN has Aquille considering no schools but I have done some research and found that he is being highly recruited by the University of Maryland. As of now Maryland is the only name being thrown around in the scouting of Carr but many more will soon follow. I watched an interview with Carr where he talked about the time he played against Josh Selby of the Kansas Jayhawks, and scored 39 points while dishing out 19 assists.
Even though we have seen what players like Carr can do, ESPN still says “His size may hinder him if he doesn't get a few more inches.” They probably said the same thing about Nate Robinson and Earl Boykins too.
Carr will be very exciting in college, no matter where he chooses to go.
To watch highlights of Carr’s 58-point game click here.
Carr’s freshman year stats on Varsity: 25.5 PPG, 9.0 APG, 8.0 RPG and 5.3 SPG.