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SI High School Player of the Week - Basketball

April 6, 2011

Aquille Carr

Position:

Guard

School:

Patterson High

Location:

Baltimore, MD

Height:

5-6

Weight:

140

Class:

Sophomore

Season Highlights:

The lightening-quick jitterbug lit up oppponents for 31.3 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 steals per game this season. The scariest part: he's only a sophomore and keeps getting better. Carr's current top five list of schools includes Wake Forest, Memphis, Kentucky, UConn and Syracuse.

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Posted: Wednesday April 6, 2011 1:32PM ; Updated: Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:41PM

Diminutive Aquille Carr blows by competition

By Ben Glicksman, SI.com

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At 5-foot-6 and 140 pounds, Aquille Carr has heard it all. He's too short. An afterthought. Can't hang with the big boys.

The Patterson High point guard responds the only way he knows how: He plays.

"I just let it show on the court," he said. "My game speaks louder than words."

That's been an effective silencer, as Carr can flat-out ball. He's a prolific scorer, punishing opponents both off the dribble and around the perimeter. He has explosive speed, electric ballhandling and court vision that could rival Steve Nash's. He averaged 31.3 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 steals while leading Patterson to a 25-2 record in 2011.

Numbers don't tell the whole story. In a game against Lake Clifton (Md.) last January, matching Carr against 6-foot-3 Kansas point guard Josh Selby, Carr torched the future Jayhawk for 39 points and 19 assists. Only a freshman at the time, he was nothing short of brilliant.

"Everything that left my hands, it just felt like it was going in," he said. "I couldn't miss."

He followed that up with performances of 43, 40 and 39 points this season, continuing his torrid tear. Most notably, he snapped the Patterson single-game scoring record -- which had held for 50 years -- by pouring in 57 points in a 103-71 victory over Forest Park (Md.) on Dec. 29. It was a performance for the ages.

"Ninety percent of my shots came from layups," he said. "Basically, it was like throwing rocks in the ocean."

Carr's magnitude of dominance shouldn't be dismissed. The most physically-imposing players rarely achieve such eye-popping totals, let alone a feisty point guard who is often more than a full foot shorter than the competition. Yet if his track record is any indication, he has the drive to succeed at the next level.

He began playing basketball at just four-years-old, challenging eight-year-olds by the time he was five. He worked tirelessly to hone his handle, dribbling with a tennis ball to perfect his craft. In grade school, he played keep away from defenders. In junior high, he blew by them. Now a sophomore, he simply toys with them, pulling crossover moves better suited for a video game.

His inspired play and work-ethic have caused scouts to take notice, and the smaller-sized Carr has attracted some big-name programs. His current top five includes Wake Forest, Memphis, Kentucky, UConn and Syracuse, though he's also received interest from Arizona, Xavier and Texas. Two years from now, he should be a backcourt fixture for a major conference contender.

And after that? Hopefully, the NBA. Carr wants to continue defying the odds, to prove that the age-old notion that basketball is a big man's game is a mere suggestion.

He also has a message for all those that doubt him.

"It's all about how big your heart is," he said.

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