Richard Pitino and the Minnesota staff need a point guard in the 2017 class and they are putting in a lot of effort to track talent. The staff followed 6-foot-2 Canadian lead guard Marcus Carr from South Carolina to Milwaukee to Las Vegas in July evaluating him game by game.
The Gopher staff was joined in the crowd by offered schools Missouri, Pitt, Cincinnati, and other high majors. Carr has been ranked as high as a four star talent by a couple services and his play with Northern Kings in July backed that up.
“The live period this July went pretty well,” Carr told GI. “I think I showed what I needed to show after being out for such a long period of time and I really got back into my rhythm playing out there.
“I feel like I improved as a leader over the summer and running a team as well as shooting the ball off the catch and off screens much better.”
Carr is from Toronto but competes for Montverde Academy in Florida (although he was injured last winter and missed the season). He’s earned eight high major offers to date but right now there are five programs he’s hearing from the most.
“The schools showing the most interest at this time are Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Mizzou, and Michigan,” Carr said.
Carr’s team is called Stackhouse Elite North in the Adidas Uprising and that is where GI first saw him play. Kevin Stallings of Pitt was in the crowd (Stallings has been recruiting Carr had since his days at Vandy) as was Mick Cronin of Cincy and Richard Pitino along with an assistant.
The Gophers are definitely interested as they move forward in their quest to bring in a talented lead guard. Minnesota offered Carr last weekend.
“Minnesota is showing a lot of interest right now and coach Richard Pitino has been at a number of my games,” Marcus said. “They have a good coaching staff and we are building a relationship."
Right now Carr is wide open in the process and hasn’t started planning visits yet. He has an idea of the type of program he wants to play for though.
“Currently I do not have a timetable planned for visits or to make a decision,” Carr explained. “In a program I look for a relationship with the coach, style of play, and opportunity to make an impact early.”
Marcus is currently in California playing for Canada in this year’s Adidas Nations event. His injury over the winter was a setback but Carr came to Adidas Nations fresh off a 37 point game for Northern Kings in Las Vegas.
Carr and Team Canada play their first Adidas Nations game this evening.