Former Seton Hall commit and YouTube darling Aquille Carr received his first big news as a professional basketball player earlier this week when the Qingdao Double Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association offered the Baltimore-native a contract for the upcoming season.
As Slamonline’s Rodger Bohn reported from China
, — where Bohn is currently touring with a group of professionals on the USA Legends tour, including players like Carr, Tracy McGrady and former Sacramento Kings guard Jason Williams — Carr, a 5’6 point guard, received the contract offer directly from T-Mac’s old team in the CBA after playing in two exhibition games during the week on the tour.
The “Crimestopper” — as Carr is known in his native Baltimore — hasn’t officially signed or decided on his professional future overseas after deciding to go the pro route in March
in order to help care for his one-year old daughter but the offer from T-Mac’s old team, with McGrady even offering his help, is welcome news to the recently turned pro.
“How does it feel to have your first CBA contract offer?” Qingdao Double Star owner Max Shicanbin asked Carr.
Shocked, Carr said that he would have to talk with his agent. But Tracy McGrady stepped in and volunteered to assume the role, playing both sides of the fence with the owner of the club he played for until he joined the Spurs.
“We want stability,” McGrady said in his new role of player representative. “We also want a guaranteed contract and position on the team.”
Carr went on to tell Bohn of the contract offer, “It feels good. I came out here with an opportunity to show my talent and they really appreciate me. I love the atmosphere, the fans and the games here. The only thing is the food, but I’m trying my best to get used to that.”
For the former Seton Hall commit — who is following the path of Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings and Golden State Warriors forward Jeremy Tyler as high school players from the United States opting to go pro overseas instead of the mandatory “one-and-done” year of college before the NBA Draft — having a firm professional offer is a great start to his young professional career, but with his size and inconsistent ability as a point guard, Carr is still a long way to go before solidifying his pro career.
I’m on record saying that I would consider Marquette freshman Henry Ellenson if I had the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, and while, at this point, I think that Brandon Ingram is probably going to end up going No. 2 — (Maybe No. 1???) — I still believe that Ellenson is going to be one of the best players from this draft class.
Well, just take a look at these highlights from the 26-point, 16-rebound performance he had in a win over Providence last night.
Then remember that Ellenson is 6-foot-11:
A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.
The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.