Aquille Carr confirmed Tuesday what he appeared to reveal to the world on Twitter last week: the 5-foot-7 point guard is headed to Seton Hall.
Carr, a junior, originally planned to hold a news conference at Patterson on Thursday morning to announce where he planned to go, but it was canceled because the school has high school assessment testing throughout the week.
"It feels great knowing that I had a top school looking at me," Carr, the 2011 Baltimore Sun All-Metro boys basketball Player of the Year, said Wednesday. "I feel good being able to commit to the school."
Word first leaked out last Friday that it would be Seton Hall when Carr made his intentions known in two tweets.
The first stated simply: “Seton hall” and a second one saying “Thanks to everybody that push me to make it to were im at #seton hall” followed 13 minutes later.
He also added a line to his Twitter bio saying "FUTURE SETON HALL PIRATE!"
"I just figured that it was about time to pick a school, narrow it down to the school that’s right for me," Carr said.
Carr, who is averaging 22 points and 5.2 assists this season for the No. 1 Clippers, also considered Baylor, Maryland, Memphis, South Florida and Towson. Patterson coach Harry Martin said Seton Hall’s coaching staff, led by coach Kevin Willard, weighed big in Carr’s decision. The Pirates are 14-2 this season and defeated defending NCAA champ Connecticut, 75-63, last week.
“The relationships Aquille developed with the coaches was big in the thought process and he’s also excited about having a coach that also was a former guard,” Martin said. “Watching their games, Seton Hall is a team on the rise and we liked the kind of pace they played and they give their guards a lot of freedom.”
Added Carr: "[The coaches] were happy. They told me that it was probably the best fit for me. The offense revolves around the point guard. I think it’s just right."
The Clippers are 7-2 on the season, coming off an 85-76 win over California’s Price at the Under Armour Brandon Jennings Invitational on Saturday. Carr scored 19 points and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Last year, Carr averaged 32 points, six assists and five rebounds to lead Patterson (25-2) to Baltimore City and Class 4A North region titles, along with a trip to the state title game. The Clippers travel to No. 2 Dunbar at 5:15 p.m. Friday in a big Baltimore City showdown.
Carr said Seton Hall has a "great campus," and he's looking forward to studying sports management there. The Pirates coaches made no promises about playing time, and that was fine with Carr.
"I’m just going to come in and earn my spot to earn playing time," Carr said, "and I’m going to turn the program around."