Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 1:25 pm  |  66 responses

Prep Star Aquille Carr is Considering Playing Overseas Instead of College

One of the most entertaining players to watch in all of high school basketball, Baltimore’s Aquille Carr, has been verbally committed to attending Seton Hall since last year. And while he hasn’t backed out of his commitment (yet), he did hint in a recent interview that he hasn’t ruled out foregoing college and instead going pro overseas. From the Baltimore Sun: “‘Seton Hall is still my choice right now,’ he said of the school to which he committed orally last year. ‘But I’m thinking about a lot more stuff that I could advance to. I think I’m ready to make it like my job. If you know about basketball, you know what that means. By the end of the season, everybody will find out.’… Carr smiles and nods when asked whether he’s intrigued by following in (Brandon) Jennings’ footsteps. ‘His path is similar to mine,’ he says. ‘He grew up in a hard city, sort of like mine. I think that was the right way for him to do what he had to do. Now he can provide for his family more. I think that could be a possible way for me to provide for my family.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that and all the issues he’s going to have actually playing in the NCAA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    To pull a “Brandon Jennings” would not be a smart move

  • RayJr


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i’ve heard he has academic issues. but mainly, he has legal trouble that the NCAA probably won’t go light on him about. since it’s the NCAA and they go after one player every year, and normally the most vulnerable high profile guy they can.
    it’s exactly what they would have done to Jennings.

  • Paul

    Amongst other things. This guy needs to take full advantage of the opportunity to get a bachelor’s degree for basically free and go do it. Stay for 4 years, leave Baltimore behind for now, get your degree and change your future for GOOD. If he goes overseas or leaves college early w/o degree I’m betting he will be right back in his old neighborhood w/n 5 years. At best.

  • spit hot fiyah

    what high level club is going to give him a look? he might end up in like Luxemburg or something

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Does the whole NCAA investigating process piss anyone else off? I mean it’s ridiculous, just take Shabazz case for example, it’s like they make it a goal to try and ruin their chances of playing in college.

  • LeroyShonuff

    He should go overseas. The value of a college education is dropping and he is a elite prospect in his field. He should take advantage. College will always be there. He should go overseas, take his immediate family with him to give some normalcy and have in his contract that if he does decided to go to college the overseas team foots the bill. Nothing wrong with playing in London, Barcelona, Prague or any other euro city for two years

  • Happy

    I hear you, but people have to stop pretending like career-ending injuries aren’t a huge risk. Ideally they’d all get educations so that they aren’t part of the next 30 for 30 group, but you can’t guarantee a guy won’t blow a knee.

    Also, staying in school for 4 years only matters if they are actually interested in learning. The NFL is full of guys with 3-5 years of college. They probably end up broker than most NBA guys. The schools themselves aren’t guiltless either. Do you know how many athlete’s “academic advisors” encourage them to take classes like “TV” so that they remain eligible to play? College sports is a business first and foremost. The players are just low-paid employees.

  • LeroyShonuff

    He doesn’t need a high level, just a good upper mid-level who are use to dealing with American players, young players and developing talent. Best place for him

  • Fat Lever

    Who are we to know what’s best for this kid? I mean, I believe in the power of education and would like to see all kids go to college and get that education.

    The reality is that, in Aquille’s case, that may not be the best solution. Back in the day I would have said he has to go to school. Not anymore. In the end I just hope he evaluates all scenarios and chooses the best avenue for him and his family. If he’s as driven as he should be, he’ll be successful either way.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if he gets a career ending injury in college, he can lose his scholarship. and not have any money to fall back on. the career ending injury threat is more of an issue in college then in the pros. acting like a scholarship is something you are guaranteed like you are an NBA contract is foolish.
    plus. a bachelor’s degree guarantees absolutely nothing anyway. He is more likely to end up back in his old neighborhood after getting a free bachelor’s degree then he is after failing to meet expectations with his rookie contract.
    And the thing that every proponent of college misses? — these guys can pay for, and complete college while they are in the NBA. And it is a pretty common thing for player’s to do, it’s not a groundbreaking concept or anything like that.

  • RayJr

    Ah I see thanks for the info. Hope he gets it together. He looks like a promising young player.

  • RayJr

    I get you. It’s tough though but he does have some pretty great oppurtunities right at his door step. Just like a lot of accomplished or failed players its all about what they do with those oppurtunities.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s definitely exciting. but as a 5’9″ PG, his career as a pro is bleak from the jump.

  • JayJounum

    I love this kid. My favorite player period.

  • RayJr

    True true.

  • LakeShow

    Damn, had no idea he was that tall…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s the height i’m told he is. which makes me think he’s probably 5’6″ – 5’7″. but without knowing for sure, i feel like that is slander to just assume he is THAT short.

  • Mars

    The value of a college education is definitely going down. Look at all the lower level education graduates telling the rest of the world what to do. “Here’s some good advice, Don’t go to college, don’t get an education, all you should know in life is basketball. Basketball never stops. Nike.

  • Max

    Yeah, no way he’s 5’9″.

  • Happy

    That’s actually the best analysis of the topic I’ve read. Especially the part about being able to get a degree while playing. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Mars

    There are only like 350-420 players (JOBS) in the league at any given time. With the NBA D League, even worse numbers. I guarantee you those guys are not working on their degree during or after an 82* game season. (*Playoffs max games = 28). And an injury is a poor excuse. People in the real world are fighting life i.e. poverty, cancer, war.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    What the hell are you talking about?
    In 2009, 10% of ALL nba players attended college in the off-season. Is it really that hard to believe some do it, say online, during the year? And what are you talking about an injury is a poor excuse? I didn’t bring up injuries on my own. You just saying that for fun? And the same thing goes for the last sentence:..did you just say that for the satisfaction of having been the one to say it?

  • Mars

    So, the NCAA punks players into thinking they will be scrutinized for troubles in their past? Sounds like profiling to me.

    And in Brandon Jennings case, I love the guy, he has heart, WE get it, but damn, I don’t think the NCAA was wrong. The guy isn’t exactly helping his image with his behavior. Our generation doesn’t really have the best of Role Models of late.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You need to do some research on the NCAA. That is the most crooked organization in all of American sports. .
    And college has nothing to do with being a role model. If he qualifies for classes, he should be allowed to play. End. Of. Story. .
    These aren’t role models, these are immature adults who still have a ways to go before they should have the pressure of being a role model to other people’s children lumped on them.

  • LeroyShonuff

    As one of the “lower level education graduates” I am telling stating my opinion with facts and life experiences to match that he should explore all avenues available to him. The best and most profitable (we live in a capitalistic society) route is to go overseas. Do you even know that the value of a bachelor degree now is less than a high school diploma was 30years ago? Or a master’s degree earning potential is lower than a bachelor’s 15yrs ago? Most young americans (25-35) are either unemployed or underemployed and a great majority are college graduates. So yes, if he can earn six figures shooting a ball, then by all means like Nike says “Just Do It”.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    why is it a bad move?

  • LeroyShonuff

    So he’s not in the real world? I would wager a large some of finances that his “world” is extremely realer than your “world”. He is fighting poverty, and he is fighting an environment that devours young black men. So please get real sir. Also due to the advancement of modern science, a major injury is no longer the death sentence for a athlete it once was.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he should

  • Happy

    An injury is a poor excuse for what? I’m being honest, I don’t understand what you meant by that.

    You do realize that not all injuries can be recovered from enough to continue to play a sport, right? Tell me that’s not a new concept to you. If you are on a sports scholarship, you need to be able to play a sport. If you are injured badly, you cannot do that. What’s hard to understand about that? A lot of these athletes wouldn’t be able to get into or pay for the colleges they attend without these sports.

    Now if you want to get into an idiotic discussion where you will generalize, and assume every young underprivileged young male in the U.S should be able to earn a degree, that’s a different story. As far as teen athletes are concerned, neither NBK or myself said anything that wasn’t true.

  • LakeShow

    Yeah, but if the duck quacks homie. lol…. dude does not look taller than 5’6″.
    I hope he can do some damage in the L. He could very very easily just be Nate Robb 2.0… (minus an inch or 2)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s how it is. too bad the media doesn’t peddle the truth.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i mean he definitely doesn’t look 5’9″ but he also is playing HS games. Who knows how big the guys he’s playing are.

  • Sam jumper

    He just scared he aint gonna get the grades. Dude will be average in the pros.

  • Billy Sunday

    i wouldn’t say the value of all degrees are going down. just the non-science/engineering ones. however, carr doesn’t seem like the brightest crayon in the box so he should just take those euro dollars and play overseas

  • RedRum

    I think playing in europe can offer a lot to a young player. First of all, you play real basketball, against grown men, physicality, with very sophisticated offensive and defensive systems. The level of coaching in europe is much higher than college. If a young cat can play in europe, he can play in the NBA, no doubt. Players in europe are insured with proper payments, not the peanuts they get in college in case of injury, get a 6 figure salary (with taxes paid), free house, car. Unless the NCAA changes its rules and admits that it has been slave-driving young athletes to put millions in its pocket, more and more premium talent will leave.

  • sammyb96

    Jennings’s decision turned out to be fine, but he should be cautious about this. Anyone remember Jeremy Tyler?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    It is definitely possible for him to get in, especially with how the L is now smaller players have a little more room to impact the game. Defense however is where they can really be a liability a lot of zone usage is usually needed to compensate.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    free education is nice, but for a top level talent. He will make enough money in the first year of his contract to pay for that free education. People give all this the crap to the kids for leaving school early, but as you know the real reason the rule is in place is to protect owner’s from acting a fool and drafting unproven talent.

  • http://twitter.com/NYCKING BIG ED

    This kid should go to college. Brandon Jennings went to Europe and got buried on bench. Brandon got DNP in some games.

  • patrick

    awesome comments in my opinion

  • hushabomb

    In the US a kid can join a minor league baseball team to try and play the majors and no on bats an eyelid.
    In Canada a kid can join a minor league hockey team to try and play in NFL and no one bats an eyelid.
    In England the have young kids doing this in order to play EPL.
    In Europe the young kids are playing against men in the Euroleague.
    In Australia the young kids have a feeder league to play Rugby League and Australian Rules Football.
    Yet a young kid gets questioned to play basketball?

    If anything he should try Australia. He can guarantee to get paid (unlike some teams in Europe where payments are delayed or they don’t bother to pay), we have a comp that can help him get to the NBA and our lifestyle is as similar to the US.

  • RKJ92

    He’s 5’7, my friend Justin Edwards at Maine university played on a team with him, Justin’s only 6’3 and said that Aquille Carr comes up to like the middle of his chest which amazed me considering how small he actually is and the stuff he’s able to pull off, even some in game dunks, it’s quite impressive still.

  • Happy

    Tell me something, what makes you think that getting an education the way YOU deem appropriate is the best thing for these guys? Who is telling these guys not to get an education? I see a lot of people advocating that they get money as early as they can, but I don’t see anyone saying don’t ever get a college education.

    College will ALWAYS be there. They don’t have to make the NCAA and big name schools rich by playing for free. Countless guys have earned degrees during and after their pro careers. Who the hell are you or anyone else to tell them they have to feed the NCAA money machine before they can make their own money?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    very well said

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    ask jeremy tyler

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    he need to play in college next season to validate his high school hype his “crime stopper” moniker is no gimmick and being as short as he is that he can show nba scouts he can make it to the league real talk he is gonna be and “one and done” player anyway in college so why not play in america and not be a benchwarmer in europe

  • Ron

    Fu*k dude you’re laaaaammme

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    haha good point. forgot bout him

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    yo momma give good top

  • ATL dynamite

    He may as well be a Patrick Beverley… go for a college education first, then go overseas to sharpen his skills, and then declare for the draft.

  • RedRum

    I can’t believe the comments… obviously people do not know how things work in big european leagues (Spain, italy, France, Germany, Turkey and the 2 big greek clubs). A US player is looking at least 150K salary per year. This is with paid taxes, a free luxury house given by the team and any car they want to lease. All free! Then they are properly insured in case of injury, team pays their salary as normal. Say a kid goes to college for 2-3 years. He just missed almost 500k of salaries had he played in europe. What does he get out of college? nothing. Maybe a degree, which in today’s time has very little worth. Even if the basketball thing does not work out for them in europe, they still have enough funds to go to college and pay for it themselves (if they are wise with their money while playing abroad). Now… before people jump on me about the “value of education”, I am a university professor myself…

  • Paul

    ^^and this is what happens when people spend too much time on the computer instead of growing up. Really, dude? If you are over 15, you are too old for that.

  • WHAT???

    If the value of a college education is going down (as you say) – which it isn’t, it is actually doing the opposite, but as a “lower level education graduate” you probably wouldn’t know that – what do you think is happening to the value of NOT having a college education? See the difference? Easy, especially for those who are educated.

  • Justin

    Pros?? This kid is exciting, but he is not a professional basketball player.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well that’s good info, thanks bruh.

  • RKJ92

    Just trying to be of some help :)

  • KC the Great

    For the ones who’s hating on Aquille carr need to just stop talking and give top, because hes one of the best ones out their and should be ranked one of top 5. All imma say is, is that ya’ll see.

  • Clos1881

    I hope it works out I remember hearing about him doing this as a sophomore so it’s probably gonna happen

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    nah dog. i hardly on the computer, i stay pretty busy.

    you sir should stop defending a stranger on the internet.

    your dad and grandpa should see what kind of a man you are lol

  • Paul

    They know what type of man I am, you just mind your little business and learn to use some capital letters. As I said, over 15…whew. You should slap your old English teacher if that’s how they taught you to write. Can’t buy literacy can you, cabron?

  • Paul

    Please, never post again, at least without gaining some speaking, writing, and basketball knowledge. Top 5? This dude lost his mind on the first post.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    they know what type of “man” you are? i feel sorry for them.

    defending trolls online.

    what an accomplishment you got there.

  • Kris

    as an English basketball fan let me tell you about the EPL and English players in it, twenty years ago when the EPL first showed up as a way to rebrand the game after it had become almost suicidal to want to attend a game (hooliganism etc) most players were home grown. Most players now play in the lower leagues (championship, division 1, division 2, division 3, conference, non league) The EPL imports most of it’s talent now from around the world because of better athletes (Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Italy) this country is backwards towards any other sport (basketball funding for 2016 got cut until Deng stepped in) We don’t strive to produce world class in everything (we got Cycling and Rowing) We have a “oh well at least you got to the knock outs” attitude to it, no desire to win socially. It’s a shame.

  • http://twitter.com/da_JUANwagner Juan Robert Wood II

    ricky rubio was playing pro at 15 lol