After transferring to New Jersey basketball power St. Patrick High School at the end of March, All-Metro Player of the Year Aquille Carr has returned home and is once again enrolled at Patterson. His first day back at the East Baltimore school was today.
Carr, a junior who has committed to Seton Hall, led the Clippers to a state championship on March 11 before moving on to St. Patrick. The day before scoring 28 points to lead Patterson to an 86-75 win over Thomas Stone for the Class 3A crown, Carr became a father when his girlfriend gave birth to his daughter, Averi.
Patterson coach Harry Martin, who expects Carr to be on the court with the Clippers for his senior season, said being away from his daughter was a factor in his decision to return.
"Talking with him I got the feeling he was homesick and being away from his daughter really got to him," Martin said.
Despite the hectic spring semester -- Carr only attended St. Patrick for roughly 10 academic days -- Martin said it wouldn't factor into whether his standout guard would be eligible to play basketball next year.
Meeting the academic requirements of the first marking period of the next school year -- September through early November -- will determine whether Carr would be eligible to play basketball.
"He’ll definitely suit up and be ready to go," Martin said.
In repeating as All-Metro Player of the Year, Carr averaged 24 points, five assists and three steals per game in leading the No. 2 Clippers to a 21-7 season.