Terps Have Made Carr A 'High Priority'

There's been a lot of talk here lately regarding Tony Carr, the outstanding lead guard from Roman Catholic HS in Philadelphia. We spoke to Roman's head coach, Chris McNesby, to find out more about this big time junior.

There's been a lot of talk here lately regarding Tony Carr, the outstanding lead guard from Roman Catholic HS in Philadelphia. We spoke to Roman's Head Coach, Chris McNesby, to find out more about this big time junior.

"Tony's kind of a throwback point guard," said McNesby. "No one speeds him up. He controls tempo, he sees the floor, he has an outstanding basketball IQ and kids loving playing with him. They know he will get them the ball. Tony's one of those kids who's not out for personal glory. So many point guards today need to prove to everyone that they can post big numbers offensively. Tony could do that if he wanted, but he's more interested in winning."

McNesby says the emphasis now is for Carr to develop his leadership qualities.

"Tony's kind of a quiet kid," said McNesby. "We're encouraging him to communicate a bit more with his teammates. He sort of leads more by example, and by keeping his poise when things get crazy on the court. We've seen smallish, quick guards try to take him out of his game, but it doesn't work. He has his game... and he's gonna play that despite what the defense throws at him.

"He will continue to work on his three point shot as the season rolls along. Tony's a decent shooter, and that will improve now that he's grown and gotten stronger (Carr is now 6-4)."

Carr, who posted a triple-double at the Gonzaga D.C. Classic (13 pts, 12 rebs, 10 assts) as Roman captured the title, is not in a big rush to end his recruitment, but McNesby has a pretty good idea of what he's looking for basketball wise.

"Tony is looking for a comfort level with the coach," said McNesby. "He wouldn't want to go some place away from home and then be over-recruited when that school feels pressure to take a local kid with AAU connections and that sort of thing. He's certainly not afraid of competition, but again, he wants to know that the Head Coach is comfortable with him running the show, and is committed to giving him a chance to be his point guard.

"The other thing with Tony is that he comes from a huge family. Tony probably had 20 of his family members down in D.C. this weekend. They will want to go see him play in college, so you're not likely to see him heading to the West Coast for college."

McNesby talked briefly about the specific schools in the mix at the moment.

"Well, it's still early, but right now Maryland, Penn State, and Temple are very involved with Tony," said McNesby. "Villanova is lurking as well, but they signed a big time point guard in Jalen Brunson, who will be coming in next year, so we're not sure how involved they will be.

"Other schools are interested and that list will expand as time goes by. We have Shep Garner (Roman guard who graduated last year) at Penn State now, and he's doing very well, so I do think they'll be very involved. Maryland is a definite contender though. We hear from the staff three or four times a week I would say, from both Coach (Mark) Turgeon, and from Cliff Warren. There's no doubt Tony is a priority for them. Coach Warren has done a great job getting involved with the family, and gaining their trust. The fact that Maryland's not that far from Philly is a definite plus for them. As I said, his family is going to be coming to his collegiate games, so with Maryland only being two plus hours away, that's good for them."

McNesby said Carr could decide on a college this spring, but more likely will let it play out over the summer and then make his choice. Carr is regarded as a top 75 prospect in the Class of 2016.

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