Class of 2016 four-star point guard Tony Carr, out of Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic High School, has committed to Penn State University and thus given the Nittany Lions their best overall recruit since a decade ago, when the recruiting scene started being heavily followed. Carr’s decision was reported by Rob Dauster of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk.
On top of Penn State, Carr was considering Southern Methodist, Temple, Providence and Maryland. Of unique size for a point man at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, Carr is a slashing point guard who, once he improved his jump shot, could be the focal point of Penn State’s or any other team’s offense.
But he is now headed to Happy Valley, where he will be joined by his high school teammate and shooting guard Nazeer Bostick and power forward Joe Hampton, a three-star recruit from Virginia. With Carr and Bostick already having on-court chemistry, the team’s offense is already set up to succeed from the get-go. If more talent can be brought in around them, Penn State could soon be making some noise in the Big Ten.
Moreover, a better situation could not have been asked for by Nittany Lions head men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers, who has gone an underwhelming 56-75 (16-56 Big Ten) in four years with the program, but just had his best season with the team last year in going 18-16 (4-14 Big Ten) and now has some top-level talent coming in.
That said, with Carr running the offense, Penn State is in a position to hit the ground running and, results depending, make its first NCAA Tournament since 2011.
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