2016 Roman Catholic and Team Final (Pa.) point guard Tony Carr was among a handful of East Coast prospects to pick up an SMU offer in the last couple of weeks. Carr, who is Scout’s 57th-ranked player in 2016 and 10th-ranked point guard, said the Larry Brown factor automatically puts SMU high up on his list.
SMU’s Hall of Fame coach is a big deal for a lot of high school players, but with Carr, it’s bigger than just the accolades. Carr is from Philadelphia, where Brown coached the 76ers to an NBA Finals appearance. Carr remembers rooting for those teams when he was younger, and now the chance to play for him is unbelievable.
“SMU has a head start and an upper hand just because of Larry Brown,” Carr said. “He’s a great coach, and I watched him growing up my whole life, so for him to call me and offer me a scholarship and everything [is crazy].”
As special as the offer from Brown is, Carr is still focused on getting to know coach Brown and assistant coach Jerry Hobbie and hearing their pitch about SMU’s basketball program
“I’ve talked to coach Brown a few times, he texts me and calls me,” Carr said. “We’re just trying to build a relationship. SMU is a great school. He’s told me it’s a great program. He’s only been coaching there for a couple years and they have been a factor in their conference every year. He told me I can come in and make an impact my freshman year.”
Even with Carr’s high praise for Brown, SMU’s head coach will need to beat a lot of East Coast and Midwest powers to land Carr. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound point guard has offers from Maryland, Temple, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Providence, Xavier, Florida State, Indiana, Rhode Island, Illinois, Iowa, Wichita State and Stanford. Carr said that no school is pushing harder for him than the rest, but did name Maryland, Florida State, Temple, SMU and Penn State as ones who are showing a lot of love.
Carr said he plans to commit around September or October and take his visits in the late summer.