Aquille Carr earned the nickname “The Crime Stopper” because the streets of Baltimore literally emptied when his Patterson High team was playing. His game’s that crazy. Now the Delaware 87ers want to bring that magic to the tri-state area. Get excited.
Now, what do you need to know about Carr?
The first thing you notice is his size. He is listed as 5’6″ and that’s only when he doesn’t buzz his hair. He overcomes that lack of size with tight handles and a 48-inch vertical. He was a dynamic scorer in college, but his game hasn’t been tested against the kind of bigs he will encounter in the D-League.
Carr is not your typical prospect. He was ranked as the 50th overall prospect in his class by ESPN and 53rd by Rivals.com. He originally committed to play for Seton Hall during the 2013-2014, but changed his mind and decided to play overseas. He allegedly struggled at the Adidas EuroCamp, and then toured Asia, playing with former NBA players Tracy McGrady and Jason Williams. His play during that trip earned him a Chinese contract offer, but he turned it down.
Carr has had some bumps along the way. Despite being a Baltimore legend, he attended 4 high schools, and has had some trouble with the law. In August 2012, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting the mother of his infant daughter, but those charges were later dropped.
Drafting Aquille Carr reveals an interesting strategy by the 87ers, and by extension, the big league club.
On the one hand, their top 3 draft picks fit the mold of high-ceiling, high-intrigue players that can help build excitement during this inaugural season. On the other hand, none of them can be protected property of the 76ers.
Because Carr isn’t one year past his high school class’ graduation, he isn’t eligible for the NBA draft until next year. That means he can’t play for the Sixers, and unless he is drafted by them next year, or goes completely undrafted, the 76ers will lose his rights. This year is essentially nothing more than an in-depth scouting opportunity and a whole lot of fun.
What do you think? Worth it? Or should the 87ers have drafted prospects that could play for the 76ers this year.