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Aquille Carr to announce plans for next season on Saturday

Former Baltimore prep basketball star Aquille Carr will announce his intentions for next season after his final high school game on Saturday, said his coach at Laurel's Princeton Day Academy, Van Whitfield.

Carr set off a new round of speculation about his plans with a series of tweets early Tuesday that seemed to indicate he will seek a professional deal. Carr strongly hinted in a February interview that he planned to test the overseas market instead of attending Seton Hall, the school to which he had been orally committed since early last year.

Early Tuesday morning, he tweeted: "The money wont always be there gotta get it when u can i turned it down last time not this time." His words seemed to allude to the offer he and his family say he received two years ago from an Italian club team.

Carr then spent much of Tuesday retweeting posts from supporters congratulating him on his overseas plans. Someone who answered a phone at Carr's house said he was not immediately available to comment.

"All questions will be answered on Saturday," Whitfield said.

The 5-foot-7 Carr starred at Patterson for three years, leading the Clippers to a 3A state title in 2012. But after a difficult summer that included an arrest on assault charges of which he was ultimately cleared, Carr played his senior season at Princeton Day, averaging almost 30 points for a team that played all over the East Coast.

During the February interview, he and Whitfield both said he was on track to earn college eligibility. But Carr made it clear he was already thinking about a professional career. Though the NBA is his ultimate goal, he won't be draft-eligible until he's at least a year removed from high school, and some scouts have said his game is not advanced enough for him to skip college.

childs.walker@baltsun.com

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