Tony Carr is one of the highest rated point guards in the class of 2016. With Providence searching to replace Kris Dunn likely after the 2015-16 season Carr included the Friars in his final 11 and then final 5 back in mid-July was a welcome development in Friartown. Carr, a native of Philadelphia, has been described by ESPN as “a late blooming point guard who has not only continued to grow, but also developed his game at a rapid rate.” ESPN ranks Carr as the 9th-best point guard in the class of 2016.
Carr announced his college decision on Monday afternoon at his school, Roman Catholic HS in Philadelphia. The lead guard chose Penn State over Maryland, Providence, SMU and Temple. While it was nice to see the Friars in a top-60 players final 5, he never visited Providence and was considered by those in the know as a longshot to pick PC. Carr ran with Team Final on the Nike EYBL circuit and the Friars are still recruiting his teammate Dylan Painter.
Providence was also named in the final 4 schools for 2016 guard Shamorie Ponds on Sunday. Sources with knowledge of Ponds’ recruitment have indicated that it is likely a two-horse race between the local school St. John’s and Minnesota. It appears the Friars will have to keep looking for a point guard in 2016. Some names to keep an eye on in that regard are Kamar Baldwin, Davion Mintz, Maliek White, Jalen Harris and Quentin Jackson.
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