This Carr Considers Visit to Ames

In hitting the recruiting trail in hopes of filling its fall signing class, the Iowa State coaching staff has not had to start from square one. As is the case with Philadelphia (Pa.) area combo guard Tasheed Carr, a standout last season for prolific high school program Mount Zion Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina.

In its recruitment of the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder, ISU was able to draw on previous relationships from two members of the staff. And that's become a big factor in Tasheed Carr's considering the Cyclones for his first official visit next month.

"I really like the coaching staff a lot down there," said Carr, who averaged 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game as a junior. "I have gotten comfortable over conversation and have met two of the coaches.

"Coach (Fred Quartlebaum) was the assistant at North Carolina and I was down at their school, and he spent a lot of time at some of our games because he was recruiting one of the big men from our school. So I had the chance to meet him. Coach Morgan was at my school recruiting me last year as a junior. We have built a relationship.

Carr indicates he has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Ohio State, Temple, East Carolina, George Washington, St. Joseph's and Virginia Tech. Although he won't name his top schools at this point, Cyclone fans should feel good about the chances of signing him.

"Right now I like Iowa State a lot and Temple a lot," Carr said. "I want to commit at the end of September or first of October. I'm going to take some visits after I start school and my first visit will be September 6th to Iowa State. I'll take a few more and will be ready to commit after that."

What are some of the other big draws with the Cyclone program? Carr said there are a few, including playing time and stellar competition.

"As far as the program, it would be a great situation for me," he said. "I should be able to come in and play if I do what I'm capable of doing. If I work hard, I'll be on the court. It's a great conference with great competition."

Carr is coming off a solid summer of AAU competition in which he helped the Hunting Park Warriors to a pair of titles in Charlie Weber tournaments at Washington D.C. and Villanova. He averaged 16 points for a balanced squad.

"My summer went pretty well and was real productive," he said. "My decision making and I made good decisions night in and night out. I shot the ball better than I ever had before. Overall, I just played better in the sense that my team won more this summer. I just tried to play solid defense, whatever my team needed. If they needed offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, just all-around – I tried to help out. I wasn't scoring a lot, because my team had a lot of balance.

"I also got a lot done, as far as being seen and exposure. I played very well and got interest from a couple schools that I had interest in."

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