Aquille Carr leaving Baltimore to spend senior year at Florida prep school
By By Childs Walker
The Baltimore Sun|
Oct 31, 2012 at 6:30 PM
Aquille Carr, The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year in boys basketball the last two seasons, will not play in Baltimore as a senior.
Carr's tangled path through youth stardom will continue at Arlington Country Day School, a private basketball power in Jacksonville, Fla., said the school's coach, Rex Morgan.
Morgan, a former Boston Celtics player, said Carr enrolled at Arlington Country Day on Wednesday and would begin classes Thursday morning. Asked if he was excited to work with the high-flying guard, Morgan said: "Oh yeah."
The seven months since Carr led Patterson to a Class 3A state championship have been a whirlwind of school transfers and legal trouble.
Only a few weeks after the state title game in March, Carr transferred to St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth, N.J., to work on his academic transcript. He remained there for a little more than a month, returning to Patterson at the end of April.
He played in few summer basketball showcases, instead opting to focus on summer school.
In August, Carr was arrested and charged with assaulting Treshonda Williams, the 20-year-old mother of his infant daughter. In September, city prosecutors said they would put his case on an inactive docket and drop the charges if Carr completed a 22-week program at the House of Ruth.
Carr's mother, Tammy, answered her cell phone Wednesday afternoon but said she had no immediate comment. Neither his father nor Harry Martin, his coach at Patterson, returned calls seeking comment.
It wasn't immediately clear if Carr's deal in the assault case would be affected by him attending school in a different state. His attorney in the case, Ivan J. Bates, did not respond to a call seeking comment.
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Carr's recent troubles have shifted focus away from his dynamic skills on the court, where the 5-foot-7 guard became a YouTube sensation with his slick ballhandling and dunks over players a foot taller than him. More than 17,000 people follow his Twitter account, @CantGuard3. Carr verbally committed to play at Seton Hall and is generally regarded as a top-100 player in this year's prep class.
Arlington Country Day has only 320 students but routinely fields basketball teams stocked with Division I prospects, many from out of state. Morgan said he has brought in several players from the Washington, D.C., area in recent seasons.
"Every case is individual," he said when asked why players gravitate to his program. "Some of it is wanting to get away from the public school setting and get to smaller class sizes. Some of it is because of the environment in their neighborhoods."
Such transfers are common in the world of high-level youth basketball, where top players -- including Baltimore-area products such as Rudy Gay and Carmelo Anthony -- often compete for multiple high schools before reaching college.