Aquille Carr’s days at Patterson are over for now, but maybe not forever.
Recently named the All-Metro Boys Basketball Player of the Year for the second straight season, the 5-foot-7 junior guard left the East Baltimore school and is now enrolled at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J. His first day was Monday.
St. Patrick is a national boys basketball powerhouse and is one of the oldest parochial schools in New Jersey, but it is reportedly closing its doors at the end of the school year due to dwindling enrollment and financial struggles.
The 18-year-old Carr, who committed to Seton Hall in January, said he transferred to St. Patrick for the rest of this school year because it offered more of the core classes he needed to graduate next year.
But what about next year?
“I’m coming back to the city,” Carr said. “I don’t know where -- most likely Patterson.”
In recent weeks, rumors surfaced that Carr would transfer from Patterson for his senior year, but it happened sooner.
On Sunday night, he wrote on his Twitter account: “Last day in b more love yall in I thank yall for makin me the person I am I will never forget were I came from #410.” Tuesday morning, he tweeted: “On my way to school u see the new look lol” with a photo of him wearing a dress shirt and tie.
Asked how his first week at his new school was going, he replied: “It’s going good.”
St. Patrick, which opened in 1863, has a number of alumni who have reached the NBA, including Kyrie Irving, Al Harrington and Samuel Dalembert.
Carr led the Clippers to the Class 3A state championship this season averaging 24 points, five assists and three steals. In his three seasons at Patterson, he scored 1,990 points.