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Point guards run college basketball. The top two contenders in the B1G this year, Maryland and Indiana, sport the league's best table setters in Melo Trimble and Yogi Ferrell. That is not a coincidence. So it's only natural for Penn State fans to get excited over newest signee Tony Carr, rated by 247 Sports' composite rankings as the nation's eighth best point guard and a top-50 player overall.
Carr was the driving force behind Roman Catholic's historic 2015 season, in which the Cahillites won every game but two en route to both the Catholic League and PIAA championships. It says something about Carr's playmaking ability when he is perceived to be the best player on the best team in the state while averaging just over 10 ppg. That lack of scoring isn't due to a dearth in skill, according to City of Basketball Love - it's unselfishness and willingness to make the smart play:
Carr has a throwback game which scouts and coaches love; he likes to get his team rolling first before he starts to get it going himself. His size and savvy are why major Division I colleges were looking to land him before he committed to Penn State in August. Has the chance to earn a starting spot right away upon his arrival in State College as long as he continues to work on his body throughout his senior year.
NBC's College Basketball Talk enlisted HoopSeen.com's Corey Evans to detail what Carr will bring to Penn State:
Carr showcases great size and length at the point guard spot, an improving perimeter jumper, and should have solid assets around him that might make the Nittany Lions a darkhorse candidate for some runs in the NCAA Tournament in the years ahead
Among those colleges after his commitment were Maryland, Indiana, Florida State, Georgetown, Pitt, Providence, and Temple, among others. The Nittany Lions ultimately beat out the Terps and Owls for his services, each of whom began recruiting the consensus four-star recruit after Carr's Team Final 16U team put on a show in the Nike EYBL championship. In his last season with the Philadelphia club, Carr showcased his scoring ability by averaging 15.1 points per game to go with 4.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists per contest.