Jaws dropped and eyes bulged as word spread throughout the Laurel Boys & Girls Club on Saturday that Aquille Carr had just dropped 52 points in his last high school game — a 121-82 win for Princeton Day over Central Jersey Each One Teach One Academy.
When asked if that was a career high, the 5-foot-7 senior humbly smiled and said, “Nah, I had 57 points one time before.”
This ever-present potential for gaudy stats, along with a desire to care for his one-year-old daughter, are the main reasons why Carr announced after Saturday’s game that he will take his talents to Europe to play professional basketball. The electrifying guard said he has yet to sign with a team or an agent but he’s confident in his ability to succeed within international play and provide for his family.
“I got a responsibility, taking care of my daughter, so that’s why I picked to take the route overseas,” Carr said. “I’m ready to make basketball my career and be responsible for my family.”
Princeton Day Coach Van Whitfield said that he has talked with teams in Germany and Italy as well as several athletic apparel companies about entering contracts with the one known as the “Crimestopper.”
“He and his family have asked that I reach out to some of my contacts to initiate discussions with teams and apparel companies,” Whitfield said. “I think this year has really prepared Aquille for the next step, bringing some needed discipline and structure to his game while playing the toughest schedule that he’s played with a talented collection of teammates.”
Carr looks to follow in the footsteps of current Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, who in 2008 passed up college to play in Italy. As the nation’s top recruit, Jennings drew a three-year, $1.65 million deal with Lottomatica Virtus Roma and $2 million contract with Under Armour. After a year in which he averaged 5.5 minutes in 17 minutes per game, Jennings entered the 2009 NBA Draft, where he was selected as 10th overall by Milwaukee.
While Carr hasn’t had a chance to talk with Jennings, he did say that others within basketball and his family have offered advice about making what stands to be a huge transition.”They tell me to keep my head, go over there disciplined and listen,” Carr said. “I’m a student of the game, so I’m going to learn and grow.”
Carr finished the season with an area-high average of 28.4 points for the Storm, who went 34-13.