Kenny Carr, North Carolina State's All-America forward, has placed his name on the NBA undergraduate draft list but said yesterday he still had not made up his mind whether he will turn pro next season.
However, Carr, the former De Matha star, said in a telephone interview that another year in college would not benefit his basketball development.
"My game is at a point where college won't add to it any more," he said. "If I came back to school, it would be because I didn't get the kind of offer I wanted!"
Carr said the offer would have to include a high spot in the draft. NBA sources repeatedly have said that carr is a sure first or second-round selection, most likely a first-round choice.
"I'm sure he'll go in the draft," said Bullet general manager Bob Ferry, who has the fourth pick in the draft. "Sure, my feelings is, we have to consider him. But we are considering a lot of people and we haven't nearly made up our minds yet!"
Ferry said that Carr "has the ability to play pro ball right now. He is an excellent leaper, a good shooter and he goes to the basket and drives well. He has all the tools."
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Carr has until June 9 to take his name off the draft list or he will lose his college eligibility, whether he is drafted or not.
Carr indicated he was anxious to see what the pros thought he was worth and that he was being encouraged to do so by coach Norm Sloan.
"Coach is working with me," said Carr. "He said it would be the best thing for me if I get the right offer. I enjoy college and I like it here at State, but I think my game is ready for the pros."
Carr also is being influenced, according to sources by the state of the Wolfpack program, which already has seen three players transfer after last season. Sloan also failed to sign 6-8 Wayne McKoy, a top high school prosepect from Long Island whom he desperately was seeking.
A member of last year's Olympic team, Carr can be a dominating player, as he showed at times in the Olympic tryout camp. But he also is deterred at times by moodiness on the court.
The pros, however, drool over Carr's strength and quickness. Pro scouts and general managers chose him to the All-America team sponsored by the Sporting News, although Carr failed to make any other first team All-America squad.
Carr last year averaged 21 points and almost 10 rebounds a game for State. He shot 49 per cent from the field and blocked 38 shots.
The year before, playing with much weaker teammates, he averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds and was runner-up for ACC player of the year. he shot 53 per cent from the field. As a freshman playing with David Thompson, he averaged 13.8 points and seven rebounds.
Carr's high school career was hindered by a severe knee injury and he admits he is still developing as a player. "Good competition," he said yesterday, "has to got help me."