OAKLAND—Pitt assistant coach Kevin Sutton has a rich connection to central Florida from his time spent coaching at Montverde Academy in the area during the early 2000s.
Carr spoke to Scout after touching back down in Florida Sunday evening.
“Coach Stallings just kind of explained to me the coaching change that they’re going through, the up-pace style that he now wants,” Carr told PantherMore.com. “They’re going to be going up-and-down more. He says he sees me fitting in because I like to play up and down and make plays in the open court, getting into the offense early. He sees me as an elite guard who’s making plays for my teammates.”
Carr is originally from Toronto, Canada but relocated to play at Montverde last year. He is over a year removed from knee surgery to repair a torn ACL. But that didn’t stop him from making noise on this year’s AAU circuit.
At 6-foot-2, Carr is a shifty player with a college-ready physique. On offense, he’s shown the ability to get into the lane at will.
The Panthers have a point guard committed in the 2018 class – Scout four-star Aaron Thompson, who gave his pledge to Stallings in May. Because of Thompson’s commitment, speculation had risen that Stallings and the staff saw Carr as a Brad Wanamaker-type combo guard who could stretch to either the point guard or the two.
Carr says that is not the case.
“They see me as a point guard, they are recruiting me as a point guard,” Carr says of Pitt’s staff. “They made that very clear to me at the jump that they wouldn’t recruit me as anything else. So they see me as a point guard.”
“I am a point guard,” Carr added. “A lot of people get confused because they see me in AAU and they see me scoring so much, but that was just because I happened to be one of the better scorers on that particular team. But I definitely am a point guard. I’m able to make plays and feed guys around me. People try to say I’m a combo guard or they stretch it to a two because I make plays, but that really isn’t the case.”
Carr and his family watched two practices at the newly-renovated Petersen Events Center over the weekend. Carr called Pitt's facilities "beautiful."
Coaches from Maryland and Villanova have visited Carr recently but have yet to offer a scholarship.
Carr says he has no other visits planned, but he ideally would like to visit Cincinnati and Virginia Tech as well. He expects his recruitment to continue well into the future, as he is in no rush to set a preliminary commitment date.