Sunday, April 14th, 2013 at 4:17 pm  |  24 responses

Aquille Carr Set to Start Pro Career in China

by Rodger Bohn@rodgerbohn

Aquille Carr shocked many when he announced his intent to follow in the footsteps of Brandon Jennings by skipping college and beginning his pro career overseas, and while some questioned his decision, it’s now official: Carr has signed on to join Tracy McGrady, Jason Williams and Gary Payton on the NBA Legends Tour that will run for two weeks throughout the month of June in China.

“I feel like a pro now,” Carr told SLAMonline of his signing in China. “This is a dream come true.”

The tour, presented by Self Motivated Athletic Agency and Care 2 Play Sports will span from June 4 until June 15 over six different cities throughout China. In addition to McGrady, Payton, Williams and Carr, former Lakers second round pick Ater Majok and Tulsa 66ers wing Dominique Sutton will join the tour.

Carr starts his pro career after a great high school career in Baltimore at both Patterson High School and Princeton Day Academy, and while he verbally committed to Seton Hall, the 5-7 guard never signed a letter of intent to the program. Gathering nearly 20 million views on YouTube and already having a long-standing relationship with Under Armour, his marketability is on par with a select few high school basketball players at the moment. Carr’s decision to begin his professional career comes nearly two years after he reportedly received an offer of $750,000 to play for Italian team Lottomatica Roma.

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  • Tim

    Ok but what league is he gonna play in for the year? And why is heon the “NBA Legends” team lol.

  • Lyte

    …and just like that, it’s all over.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    “Tracy McGrady, Jason Williams and Gary Payton on the NBA Legends Tour”

    I respect their games, but these are NBA legends??

  • sammyb96

    Tmac and The Glove were stellar players, if not legends. I don’t care for White Chocolate, but he has his place in NBA history as well.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    Wilt, Jordan, Bird, Magic, Russell, etc those are legends. T-Mac, and the Glove, were really good players, they were All Stars, throw in a scoring title and and an all defensive first team here and there, but I can’t give them legendary status. Legends change, elevate, and evolve their respective field.

  • UNKOWN<—-

    Enough Of All This Talk. They’re Living Their Dreams.
    They Made It. Just Because You’ve Seen The Games And Read Stats Don’t Mean You Know The Game. Just Do You And Let Them Live Their Lives.

  • UNKOWN<—-

    Great Job Aquille Carr! Hard Work Pays Off.
    Live Your Dreams. :)

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    Don’t overlook the part where Aquille Carr is on the NBA legend Tour. As for the others, they do need some people that can get out of bed pain free for the actual games.

  • Ryan.T.

    @SneakerTheater:disqus Payton was an All-Star, only point guard to win NBA defensive player of the year award, NBA Champion, & now a Hall of Famer. Still not a legend??

  • underdog

    I’m not the one to judge his decision, but if he wants to make it to the NBA, he needs to play against some real competition – e.g. Euro League.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Just because a player isn’t on the level of those guys you mentioned doesn’t mean they’re not legends. Gary Payton is now a Hall of Famer which qualifies him to be called a legend. His defensive alone is legendary. Everyone who knows basketball knows who The Glove is. T-Mac spent a few years neck and neck with Kobe as the best offensive player in the league. Jason Williams may not be a legend, but he’ll be remembered for his style of play and he was the starting PG on a championship team.

  • Max

    TMac was one of the first point forwards ever, White chocolate had an unmatched flair and Payton won a DPOY as a PG.
    They were part of changing their respective field.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bcbrookins Brittany Brookins

    I believe he will make it to the L it may take sbout a year or two. He needs to spend at least one season in the Euro League because thats where most of the international talent plays. But I feel that he will be a better team player after playing over there. Lol at least the NCAA wont be able to pimp him.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    I’m aware of GP’s accomplishments, but he wasn’t even one of the top 5 players of his era. His position during his era, yes, but not player. Jordan, Barkley, Hakeem, Pippen, Shaq, Stockton, Malone, Miller, Ewing. Me personally, I just can’t put Payton in that mix. I grew up watching all these players. I respect Payton and his game, in my opinion he was a real great player, just not a legend.

  • http://twitter.com/SUSPECTINT44 TedBurner

    @ Sneaker Theater you really believe that Stockton and reggie were better than GP? What is the criteria?

  • Sizzle

    This is a mistake. I thought he would know better from what happened with Telfair. At that size, you NEED at least a year or two of coaching to figure out how to make your game translate to the next level. Playing with a bunch of NBA vets on a half-a$$ed tour isn’t going to get you where you need to be. I won’t be surprised now if this kid never plays a second in the L. It’s a d@mn shame!!

  • LakeShow

    Yeah or like 4 years like Jimmer.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    problem is, he never would have been allowed to play for an NCAA program.

  • LakeShow

    I don’t follow. I don’t know about his personal issues. Assuming that’s what your alluding to.
    I was obviously just messin with the dude.
    You could go to college for a decade doesn’t mean you’ll be able to get your shot off on the next level.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Oh haha my bad

  • KBM

    Reggie over The Glove? Tough call.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    Legends transend their respective fields. Michael Jackson is a legend, Bill Gates is a legend, Jerry Rice is a legend. Gary Payton was a great player and one of the best point guards of his era, but you can say anyone of these names to anyone an they will know who they are. Legends evolve, change the culture. Gary Payton is a great player, he may be an Oakland basketball legend, OSU legend, but he is no NBA legend.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    I’m not saying they are better, it’s just personal preference. I was just saying that when some people make up a list of top players of that era, some could make the argument. Someone’s list would have GP. A legend, in my opinion, is undoubtedly in the top 10 or 5 list or at least the majority consensus.

  • chrisFlavour