We won't know if aquille is a legit NBA prospect until he get's in college. I will say this, if aquille carr was 6'1" he would be the number one rated highschool player in the nation. I've had the opportunity to see aquille play in person and my cousin actually did a short film based documentary on aquille last year. ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_S4yiShQss )
The young man in my opinion is a baby Allen Iverson. He's a freakish athlete with tremendous finishing ability, great ballhandling skills, and great scoring instincs. He's going to be a fun player to watch play in college.
When I went with my cousin to go see him play in baltimore, the one thing that caught my attention was that his ability to make dynamic plays in traffic ( passing, dribbling, finishing lay-ups around the rim, creating space with his creative offensive footwork, scoring in extremely creative ways, etc ) was simply amazing.
If he can develop his point guard skills and become a more efficient decision maker. Then It's no reason why he can't end up being just a good as earl boykins. He might even be able to develop into a player that is very similar to spud webb. He definately posesses the talent, athleticism, skill level, and potential.
No. He's a glorified streetballer and possible future Harlem Globetrotter.
The talent and skill level is there, I think he might shock alot of people when he plays college basketball. His only real weakness is his height/small stature. The young man got alot of allen iverson in his game ( example: heart, mental toughness, physical toughness, swagger, extreme confidence to go along with a high skill level , resiliency, etc ).
Talent? I mean he's a great athlete, but he's still 5'6. Skill? He's a 5'6 ball-dominant shooting guard with little PG skill. He's not a good passer and not a good shooter, but he sure can dribble a lot.
Honestly, if he's a legit NBA prospect then I can go down to the park and find some legit NBA prospects too.
I don't know if you realise this, but the whole world knows who Aquille Carr is
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWFmn1SKI18 )
Those expectations most likely will cause aquille to push himself to achieve the impossible
Also Aquille Carr already has a huge fan base. And NBA teams and Shoe companies ( nike, addidas, reebok, under armor, etc ) already know that they can make alot of money from the marketability that Aquille Carr posesses. So their are many incentives avialable that will give aquille the opportunity to make it in the NBA
Being recognizable doesn't make him any more of an NBA prospect.
He's still small, he's still super old for his class, he still plays indoor streetball with little IQ or tact.
The brand of basketball that he plays has just as much to do with me thinking he won't make it. It ain't just his size.
I think he'd have a better shot trying to make it as a scatback in football.
Siggy you cannot ignor the fact that the young man posesses an extremely dynamic skill set combined with freakish athleticism. He's able to do things on the basketball court that most basketball players just can't do. His great talent level combined with needed improvenents in his overall point guard skills. Will definately give him the opportunity to make it in the NBA despite his size
I'll start this by saying I really enjoy watching Aquille Carr play. He's entertaining and visual eye candy because of his size.
Here's his Wiki page.
Unfortunately thats where the positives end for me.
Carr's decision making is average at best for the PG position. With NBA coaching perhaps this improves to be serviceable but its still not what NBA coaches and teams are looking for. Carr's shot selection is also just as pedestrian. Perhaps both of these attributes are because he's young with a green light and the most talented player on his team but I think they're just who he is as a player.
The best scenario I can see for Carr is a smaller Nate Robinson, however, its doubtful Carr ever reaches that level. Even if Carr somehow gets to the NBA he cannot reliably guard PG's who are a foot taller then him (Carr is likely 5ft5) in the half court set. He will get iso'd and taken into the block at which point a help defender is needed and the defensive rotational chaos begins.
In order for a player of Carr's size to have a chance in the NBA they need to be Elite in every facet of the game because they're starting from behind physically. This means Carr will have to be faster, more agile, more aggressive, stronger, have a better motor, be a better shooter, better passer and have better anticipation than virtually every PG in the league.
There have been 24 players in NBA history to play in the NBA under 5ft9.
Most of those players played in the late 40's and 50's.
In the modern era due to physical progression in athletics, the limitation of being 5ft9 and under has been extremely hard to overcome.
Bogues, Robinson, Boykins, Spud Webb and Calvin Murphy are the most notable players from the list of 24. Murphy is the only one to make an allstar game and was also inducted into the HOF. He was 5ft9 and had a 13 year career from 1970 to 1983.
The other 4 players were/are athletic specimens in every sense of the word... in addition to being quality ball players inspite of their size.
It should be interesting to note that I couldn't find a single player listed at 5ft9 and under who was on a championship team... let alone played an important role in the playoffs. The closest such example is J.J. Barea (if you can believe it) who is listed at 6ft but is likely 5ft9.
So after all that, Aquille Carr does not have history on his side at 5ft5 and even if a team takes a chance on him its very unlikely his team ever wins a championship with him on the roster. As a ticket seller/revenue generator for the owner, he might be a worth while investment... but thats about it.
I see AND1 tournament potential in him
i dont discount anyone from playing in the nba, ive seen some crazy things happen as far as people playingin nba games. im not saying its likely for him but it wouldnt be unbelievable to see him in the nba 1 day..for example i feel if someone like andre barret(ex seton hall player) can make it then so can he. as far as having a career in the league i wouldnt bet money on that
Isaiah Thomas was a much better point guard that Carr and was also 3 inches taller, yet he was the last pick in the draft; it's highly unlikely he makes it, Earl Boykins was built like a mini tank, dude could bench press 300 pounds
Carr is iffy to me, he's real small, but he has that quickness and speed to where if he could be a pure PG and shoot he could sneak in the NBA, it's going to be very hard,but it's possible.
Earl Boykins is not built like a mini tank I've played against him in the Cleveland Pro AM, he's real small and narrow,ripped tho, but he is super strong and has the best on ball defense I've seen in person or played against.
No. One word. No. Have you ever watched a game of his? I don't mean a mixtape, but a game? No. Ball dominant, poor IQ, NO defense WHATSOEVER, no left hand, ugly form on his J (though it has gotten better), old for his grade, and he probably won't qualify for Seton Hall. great mixtapes, though. And boom goes the dynamite.
When i saw the post earlier about hoop mixtapes, i first thought of Carr. he's exciting to wtch and is averaging 27pts and 7assists this season. But that doesnt mean anything. He's small, so the odds are stacked against him tough.. But I cant just say I think he will never be on a NBA team. Anything is possible. He can improve vastly at Seton Hall and maybe get a chance.
At 6'1 he wouldn't be the number one player because he is way to selfish, he shoots A LOT and that's putting in nicely and his shooting percentages are not that good for a guard. Very talented but needs to understand that he more effective and will win more if he takes better shots and look to pass more. These are the reasons every scouting site has dropped him
I've also watched some of his real games and just like someone said he has major issues that aren't shown in the mix tapes
I honestly thought the hype was over for the "Crime Stopper" .