Here is a name we haven’t heard in a while.
According to Adam Zagoria and Carr’s personal Twitter account, the 5’6 YouTube sensation in Aquille Carr has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) April 20, 2014
— Aquille Carr (@CantGuard3) April 20, 2014
Becoming a viral star during his high school day, Carr disappeared from the scene, fading from the minds of basketball fans as his handles and highlight reel plays you’d rarely see from someone his height captivated fans. Nate Robinson-esque would be the perfect way to describe his play.
After skipping out on playing at Seton Hall and playing overseas in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Carr was drafted by the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA Development League affiliate. In ten games with 87ers, Carr averaged 10.7 points on less than 40 percent shooting in 14 minutes per contest. His D-League career would soon be cut short as the team released the young phenom on January 3rd.
Judging by his style of play and production during his stint in the Development League, it’s hard to come across a scenario where Carr becomes a nightly rotation player for a NBA team. At 5’6 he’d be the shortest player in the NBA and would become a nightmare matchup for opponents as he lacks size and strength to combat with players on the defensive side of the ball. We’ve seen Isaiah Thomas emerge as the league’s favorite tiny guy, but Thomas has three inches on Carr and is also a much better shooter than Carr.
In commencement for Carr’s declaration, here is a highlight reel to remind us why we were all once fan favorites of “the Crimestopper”.
The 2014 NBA Draft is on June 26.