Carr Now Focused on Leading #2 Mount Zion

Playing one of the nation's toughest schedules and ranking as one of the top teams in America, Mount Zion (N.C.) Christian Academy point guard Tasheed Carr will have enough on his mind throughout the winter months. At least he won't have to worry about choosing a Division I program to attend.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound combo guard signed with Iowa State this week, and will now be able to focus on his schooling and leading the country's second ranked prep school, a program with five Division I signees, into the season.

"I'm real happy to be a Cyclone, and looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of Cyclone Nation," said Tasheed Carr, who was one of three players to sign in the fall. "I feel very relieved, because this is what I've worked for for a long time – getting to a Division I program at that type of level.

"My main objective coming into this school year was to get things out of the way in the fall. It should give me the chance to really focus on my school year and academics. My academics are cool so far. But on the basketball court, we have a lot of challenges ahead. It will give me the chance to focus on everything."

Although already on the radar screens of many Division I programs, Carr saw a breakout summer open up some more avenues for him. His performances also caught the eye of Cyclone assistant coach Fred Quartlebaum, who had known of Carr since his high school days in Philadelphia.

That connection got ISU in the door, and Carr's experience on his official visit would make it the favorite.

"They have a good coaching staff, I would compare them to other ones that were recruiting me, and there was really no comparison," he said. "The environment down there is lovely. The people really support the basketball program. I felt a lot of love among the people when I went there on my visit. I really liked the surroundings and think I can have a good social life up there."

The Cyclones are returning a pair of young guards in Will Blalock and Curtis Stinson next winter, but Carr feels good about his playing chances and feels his game would compliment those of ISU's two freshmen.

"I think there is a great opportunity at Iowa State," Carr said. "I know they have two good freshmen guards in Curtis and Will, but I feel I can play with those guys. I feel as though I bring something different to the table, and have some versatility in my game. I can defend pretty well, so I can play a number of positions. I think I can get a lot of minutes my freshman year."

Carr will definitely be prepared for the increased level of play, especially after his days of AAU ball and competition against the nation's top prep school programs. He's also faced with the task of keeping four fellow Division I signees content.

"I play point guard on this team, and I feel as though I've got the number one job on the team just keeping everybody happy and on the same page," Carr said. "I want our team to develop a family atmosphere between us through the whole season. It seems like we're an unselfish team and everybody is willing to pass the ball and do what it takes to win."

Carr will join fellow prep schooler Rahshon Clark, of Bridgton (Maine) Academy, and Bellaire (Ohio) big man Aaron Agnew.

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