That's because his dad, also named Tony Carr, is you guessed it Big Tone.
Considered the top point guard in the East for the Class of 2016, the younger Carr announced for Pat Chambers' program during a press conference at Roman Catholic High in Philadelphia Monday afternoon. His other finalists were Maryland, Providence, SMU and Temple, though he held offers from schools across the nation.
A bit after the announcement, we caught up with Big Tone for the lowdown.
I would say the reasons my son committed to PSU over the other programs were because of the trustful relationship with Coach Chambers, the PSU community and his chance to make history, the elder Carr said.
Carr's backcourt mate at Roman, Nazeer Bostick, committed to Penn State earlier this year. Former Roman guard Shep Garner is already with the Nittany Lions. (The photo above features, from left to right, PSU assistant Dwayne Anderson, Garner, Carr and Bostick.)
The elder Carr said his son is already working to help PSU land another blue-chipper from the school -- forward Lamar Stevens. Stevens transferred to Roman from Haverford School for his senior season. But he and Carr have long played AAU ball together and were teammates in junior high.
He'll recruit his friend, but he will allow his friend to take time and respect his process, the elder Carr said. I don't think Little Tone will be overbearing on Lamar.
Little Tone is expected to ink a letter of intent with the Lions during the early signing period in November. But he'll be back in Happy Valley at least once before that.
I'm sure he will visit Penn State in September, the elder Carr said.