Kenny Carr, North Carolina State's all-America forward-center from De Matha High, said yesterday he was a couple of week away from deciding whether to pass up his senior year and enter the NBA draft as a hardship case.
Carr said his investigation of the possibility of turning pro had no connection with the announcement Thursday that Dirk Ewing and Steve Walker, two N.C. State reserves, were transferring.
Bob Ferry, general manager of the NBA Washington Bullets, said the only thing Carr has to ascertain is whether he will be a first-round draft choice, which would virtually assure him of top pay. Ferry predicted Carr would be a first-round pick.
Norm Sloan, Carr's coach, was quoted Friday as saying he would advise Carr to turn pro, as he had advised former Wolfpack stars David Thompson and Tommy Burleson, if enough money was offered.
"Coach Sloan is a good friend," Carr said in a telephone interview from Raleigh. "He's helping me in the best way he can. He wants what's best for me; that's what he wants."
Ferry said that he could not reveal any interest the Bullets might have in Carr until Washington finishes its season and evaluates its needs. The Bullets' top priority is expected to be a small forward, not a power forward like Carr.
The Bullets have tow first-round picks this year and there is speculation they may trade to be in a position to get either Marques Johnson of UCLA or Wesley Cox of Louisville.