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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Top prep star Aquille Carr transfers to Arlington Country Day, will play in Tampa Bay Nov. 15



The traveled and troubled Aquille Carr, a YouTube phenomenon called by some the most exciting prep basketball player in the country, transferred from his Baltimore high school to Jacksonville Arlington Country Day Wednesday, where he will play his senior season. 

Baltimore's loss is Tampa Bay's gain -- on Nov. 15, Arlington Country Day visits our neighborhood to take on Oldsmar Christian. Game time is 7:30 p.m., and admission is $3.

Here's a great feature on Carr that ran on the front page of the Washington Post in January

"He's a leader, he handles the ball well, but he also passes it,'' Rex Morgan, Arlington Day's head coach, told the Jacksonville Times-Union . "Guys will love to run with him. He's an engaging young man, very personable. We're excited to have him.''

Carr, a 5-foot-6 point guard who was the ESPN high school player of the year last season, is the second extremeley high-profile player local hoops fans will have a chance to watch. In February as reported by the Tampa Bay Times, Andrew Wiggins and his Huntington (W.Va.) Prep teammates visit Oldsmar Christian. Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 forward, was rated the top prospect in the 2014 class, but last week got reclassified as a senior and is now the top-rated player in the 2013 class. He is already expected to play one year of college ball and experts think he will be the No. 1 draft pick in 2014.

The Eagles are coached by Jordan Fair, and boast their own crop of recruits like Glen Pierre (Georgia Southern commit), Tony Nunn (North Texas) and recent transfer Alex Owens, rated by some a sthe top 2015 prospect in Florida. Local standouts like Troy Holston and D.J. Bowles, a former UCF commitment, also dot the Eagles' roster.

Carr has had a tumultuous time since leading Baltimore's Patterson High to a state title last March. He transferred to St. Patrick High School in April but returned after a month, and in August he was arrested and charged with assaulting the 26-year-old mother of his child, according to the Washington Post.

Ironically, Carr is nicknamed "Crimestopper", because they say when he plays crime stops in East Baltimore because everyone turns out to watch.

On YouTube, his two highlight mixtapes have over 6-million views.


[Last modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 1:21pm]


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