If Penn State is going to continue its success on the basketball court next year, it will have to do so without the services of 2017-18 all-Big Ten point guard Tony Carr.
Carr, alongside head coach Pat Chambers, announced Monday that he intends to enter his name into the 2018 NBA Draft and will hire an agent, closing any doors for his return to college basketball next season.
The sophomore guard out of Philadelphia was on of the best players in the Big Ten this past season and was recognized as such with a spot on the All-Big-Ten first-team.
Carr was consistently the best player on the court for the Nittany Lions, averaged 19.6 points per game to go along with 5.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds.
The Roman Catholic High School product is projected by most sites and scouts to go anywhere from 25 to 40 in June’s NBA Draft.
Carr and graduating senior Shep Garner leave Pat Chambers needing to fill both spots in the starting backcourt next season.
Freshman Jamari Wheeler will likely compete with incoming recruits Rasir Bolton and Myles Dread for those spots. Chambers could also slide do-everything wing Josh Reaves to the two while playing Lamar Stevens, John Harrar and Mike Watkins in the front court.
Either way, the Nittany Lions will need to find some way to replace the highlevel shooting that Carr and Garner brought to the floor. Carr improved his 3-point percentage to 39.9 percent during his sophomore season, while Garner finished his career as the Big Ten’s all-time leader in made 3-pointers at 336 while making 44.3 percent over the course of his senior season.