Just days after the retirement of Allen Iverson, who developed into one of basketball’s greatest undersize players as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, the organization’s NBA Development League affiliate welcomed another electrifying little man to its roster.
The Delaware 87ers drafted Aquille Carr with the 43rd overall selection in the third round of Friday’s NBA D-League draft, marking the next step for the “Crimestopper” next step in achieving his dream of playing professional basketball.
After signing a contract with the D-League last month, the 5-foot-6 former Princeton Day guard joins a team that was known as the Utah Flash last year and will play its home games in the University of Delaware’s men’s basketball arena.
Carr originally had aspirations of playing professionally overseas, leading him to join the Legends Tour in China alongside former NBA stars Tracy McGrady and Jason Williams. But after being offered a pro contract by Qingdao Double Star of the Chinese Basketball Association, Carr declined the offer so he could stay closer to his 1-year-old daughter.
In a March interview with The Washington Post, Carr talked about his approach in beginning the journey toward playing professionally.
“Basically, grinding and just working hard, doing what I want to do, taking responsibility and putting what really matters in my own hands now because I’m growing up,” Carr said. “Plus, if I want to be a professional, I’ve got to do the things that come with it and that’s hard work.
“Now, I can just go in the gym and work out on my regular stuff,” Carr continued. “But now, I’ve got to work on my weaknesses and attack that. [I'm working on things like] running a team and really being a leader more and stop taking all the contact. I got to ease up on going to the rim a little bit (laughs).”
As a senior at Princeton Day last season, the first-team All-Met guard averaged an area-high 28.4 points.