Tony Carr on IU offer: “It means everything”

  • 04/15/2015 10:56 am in

Throughout the 2014-2015 season, 2016 guard Tony Carr watched Indiana basketball on TV.

The Hoosiers had just started recruiting the 6-foot-4 guard, ranked No. 91 in the junior class by the 247Composite, and the Hoosiers had already extended a scholarship offer to his close friend, 6-foot-6 junior Lamar Stevens.

So on Saturday, when the Hoosiers finally extended an offer to Carr, the rising senior got exactly what he wanted.

“It means everything, man,” Carr told Inside the Hall on Monday. “I’ve been watching Indiana all season on TV, and I just know it’s a great school and they have great history, great tradition there. And once I heard I got the offer, I was just super excited.”

But for Carr, Indiana’s offer has extra significance.

Stevens has held an Indiana offer since last summer. And the two love to play on the court together. They are part of Team Final (Pa.), which just went 3-1 in the opening EYBL session in Hampton, Va., last weekend and Carr averaged 14.8 points and five assists in the event. Stevens will be transferring to Carr’s high school, Roman Catholic (Pa.), this fall. And for college, Carr said the two would like to play together, as well.

At Indiana, the duo could do just that.

“We just always know where each other’s at,” Carr said. “Me being a point guard, I tend to know where he likes the ball and when he runs the floor where he’s going to end up being so I can throw him an alley-oop or give it to him a little early so he can create looks for himself.

“But I just think about going to college with him because it would make the transition more comfortable and then also we would be able to do what we love, which is playing basketball on the same court.”

And when Carr told Stevens — who visited Bloomington in November — about the Indiana offer, he said his teammate was just as excited for him, too.

“He’s definitely excited for me,” Carr said. “Every time we get mutual offers we get super excited for each other. That’s another opportunity for us to go to the same school.”

Indiana is not the only school to have offered both Carr and Stevens. The two also share offers from Iowa, Penn State, Maryland, La Salle, Rhode Island, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Xavier.

But when it comes to the individual school, Carr said Indiana is right in the thick of it.

“I definitely like their coaching style,” he said. “They let their players play. They pretty much let Yogi (Ferrell) control the game and they have a great style of offense — great pass and cut. They just let their players play.

“They’ve just said they’re going to make me a better player and help me off the court.”

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  • “They let their players, play” There in may be the answer to why IU’s offense looks a lot like “street ball”. I’m not saying that these kids wouldn’t be welcome recruits, it just bothers me that this is the preception these young players have of IU’s style of play. (Just roll out the ball and the players will take it from their?)

  • Hoosier Hall

    Whoa… If we could land these 2 guys that would be awesome. I’m thinking Yogi (obviously) and JBJ will be gone in 2016 so landing Stevens and Carr would be clutch.

  • Bruce Clark

    My take is Carr sees Crean as a ‘players coach’. Regardless of our opinion of TC, it seems players want to play for him.

    Now if we could tighten up on the defense…

  • Hoosier Pride

    Players these days look for a situation that fits their style of play. When asked the question “what do you like about (insert school here)” a lot of these guys are going to mention their style of play.

  • Hoosier Pride

    If JBJ is gone after next year, that gives us 5 open scholly’s, correct? Hanner, Yogi, JBJ, Zeisloft and Troy (no way he stays a 4th year)?

  • ForeverIU

    I’ve said it before. I’m not big on “package deals”. I don’t have any data, but my feeling is they usually backfire. Even if we get both Carr and Stevens, their relationship and game will evolve, and to bring them in assuming a certain combo package I think is short-sighted. I think it’s healthy for players to step into an unknown and reinvent themselves in more expansive ways. It enriches their game and makes them more versatile.

  • OhioHoosier

    Idk…Duke seemed to enjoy it lol

  • OhioHoosier

    Tough to tell much from the video, but he does seem to do a good job of keeping the dribble tight and keeping his head up while driving.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Yeah, that sounds right. Of course there are always transfers or other unforeseen happenings. 2016 should be another big recruiting year. If we were to (hypothetically) land these 2 guys along with Rawle Alkins and DeRon Davis… That would be a nice group.

  • Hoosier Pride

    I love DeRon Davis’ game. Not that I put much stock in the crystal ball projections but 247 is calling Davis to IU 80%. Would love to have Rawle too but my feeling is it’ll be hard to get him away from the east coast (nova, st johns).

  • Hoosier Hall

    Heck, I forgot all about the Indiana kids that we’re after too: Vijay, Eron Gordon and Joe Brunk.

  • ForeverIU

    Lamar Stevens is ranked #131 on 247. Just sayin. What about Braxton Blackwell?

  • marcusgresham

    Not jumping the gun but Bryant could be one-and-done. That opens a 6th spot and also puts a premium (again) on landing a big guy. I know Davis is one, but you’d like to have a couple.

  • Hoosier Hall

    OK, so we get Davis, Brunk and hope Emmitt grows 2-3 more inches. Lol

  • Hoosier Hall

    I’m really hoping for Rawle Alkins. That guy is a stud.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m not saying it doesn’t work, and it may very well work, but I’m just saying I’d want to bring them in on their individual merit and not on an assumption that they are a package deal. Our recent experience with friends of recruits has not necessarily paid off. Look at Juwan’s friend from Oklahoma who ended up at SMU (can’t remember his name), and Robert’s good friend Devin Robinson. In a way I’m glad these two weren’t tempted to come because of their buddies. I want them to be sold on our program for better reasons.

  • inLinE6

    JBJ needs to develop some defense before talking about NBAs. I’m not sure he’ll be gone next year.

  • iuoiu

    O boy…..OK first, IU’s offense is not “street ball”, it’s a pro-style offense that has been extremely effective (the numbers stand for themselves). The offense does rely on the players to make decisions based on what they see happening – they are not a bunch of robots running a set group of plays like seen in the movies. So call it an offense based upon player recognition and decision making on the fly, but don’t throw out that “street ball” garbage.

  • inLinE6

    I agree. Package deal rarely happens. They have to play for themselves.

  • Lance76

    I agree with your comment. The other side of that coin is Carr saying it would make the transition to college easier. I wonder if a certain big a few years ago may have stayed if he was rooming/ playing with a close friend?

  • inLinE6

    You were talking about Shake Milton. His situation was different. We were guard thick the past year. He won’t see as much time as he would have liked were he come here. If Yogi stays, he takes a spot. JBJ and RJ are competing for one, Nick, Stan (assuming he did not transfer) were also in the line. Shake as a freshman won’t have much time at all. But I know he would have wanted to come to IU though.

  • inLinE6

    That competition is tough. The guy has so many offers.

  • SilentBob

    I think it all depends on the individuals and as you said in a reply below we should be recruiting them as such. If they’re looking at this like business partners then awesome, but if not……

  • SilentBob

    Hey man you can find some nice players in the 100+ rankings. Plus a nice spring/summer on the EYBL can see that ranking jump quite a bit.

  • JH Horne

    Ok, this seems obvious but it also seems to remain a mystery to our recruiting “brain trust.” This gives us wings and a point guard in place for ’16. Now, look at our current roster. You think maybe a big guy or two and a shooter or two would be nice additions? You know, so you could play guys at all five positions, and not have to make excuses for ‘unavoidable holes’ in your roster?

  • SilentBob

    De’Ron is a monster, but one has to wonder if the Steve McClain departure will hurt here. There hasn’t been any predictions on him since he left I don’t think, and the kid has been piling on offers so far this spring.

  • Hoosier Pride

    agreed- thought the same thing with McClains strong ties to Colorado

  • David Macer

    Sounds very much like RMK’s style. Screen and cut. No set plays but recognitions of the what defense gives you.

  • THRyan

    “We want top ranked recruits.” – “We want four year players.”

    They all can’t be top 50. Because then we’re Kentucky. Some players need development in college.

    What I see is a 6’6″ wing and a 6’4″ point guard who have chemistry and may not jump after one or two years.

  • CreamandCrimson

    You are correct about needing to avoid holes in the roster…that being said, these aren’t even close to the only two players the IU coaching staff is pursuing. They are pursuing other guards, other wings, “shooters”, big guys…it’s still very early in the 2016 class and IU is pursuing a lot of guys. I certainly don’t follow recruiting religiously but I know that the Hoosiers have offered another few points guards (Quentin Goodin and Curtis Jones for example), multiple shooting guards (Rawle Alkins, Bruce Brown, Vijay Blackmon), wings (Miles Bridges, Braxton Blackwell), 4’s (De’Ron Davis being the main one) and a couple of centers (Joey Brunk, Barret Benson). My point being, the 2016 class isn’t even taking shape yet and it’s a little early (in my opinion) to sarcastically criticize the strategy behind who IU is (or who you think they are not) pursuing. Just my opinion though.

  • SCHoosier

    For every recruit IU offers going forward..I’d really like to see somebody ask them about their ability and attitude on defense. Lot of kids can handle and score..but can they STOP somebody when needed. Can’t afford to have another defensive like this past season.

  • MK

    We desperately need another PG. Especially if yogi leaves this year, but for sure next year

  • Kyl470

    Not trying to be cynical, but if it really meant everything to him he would have committed to IU when they offered him. I know if there was a school that I really wanted to play for and they offered me a scholarship I would commit.

  • Rob

    JBJ’s chances of ever playing in the NBA are slim. For his size, he would be one of the least athletic players in the NBA, as you mentioned he doesn’t know the meaning of the word defense, weak handle, lost confidence in his shot . . . He’ll either stay at IU four years or start his career overseas/D League early.

  • marcusgresham

    Problem there (and one I’d like to have,) is that if Emmitt grows 2 or 3 inches he probably won’t need to hang around too long, either. If that cat hits 6’10” he might be Rick Mahorn 2.0.

  • inLinE6

    It’s interesting that he was actually on the draft board earlier, but as season went along, when his lack of athleticism and defense were exposed, it was hard to find him listed in any of the major draft boards. I hope he can play professionally in his career, and better in the NBA. But I just don’t see him being drafted next year.

  • Ole Man

    Yea; those numbers run up against low level competition and stall against teams that play defense. Happens every year.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Moses Malone…

  • Khoosier3

    Wasn’t he “SUPER EXCITED” Chris Mullins reached out to him???

  • Michael

    I sure don’t remember it stalling much against the best in the big10 in the 12-13′ season.

    This team played pretty well against some of the better defensive teams in the big10 this year as well.

    It makes me scratch my head when people don’t think this team got better throughout the year, not saying you said that, but just from other posters.

  • IULore

    You realize everyteam gets numbers vs low-level competition?

  • calbert40

    You took the words right out of my mouth! We have a system that has principles, but relies upon improvisation…what the D gives you. Sounds really similar to another system run at IU for three decades!

  • Drew

    I don’t understand this line of thinking. As a player, it feels good to be recognized by schools, especially a school like Indiana. It makes you feel like you’re accomplishing something and that your skill is being recognized. He’d be foolish to commit to any one school on the spot anyway. Especially since he wants to go to the same school and play with Lamar Stevens, who is undeclared, it makes sense that he wouldn’t make a decision yet considering he probably hasn’t had the time to sit down and talk with him yet about which schools they might want to play for together.

  • JH Horne

    Point well taken. But after two years of hearing how good we “could be” except for one gaping hole in the roster, I’m just hoping we can see a more balanced lineup. Even next year’s roster, if Yogi leaves, is marked by a lack of guards (three total, none of them really points). One would think that instead of the Priller and April scholarships, we would have been able to find a back-up pg that could develop behind Yogi just in case. I’m sure they’re trying, but there’s no excuse for Indiana only having three guards, or no center, or no shooters.

  • Kyl470

    If that is how is feel then he could say he excited to see that big schools are offering him a scholarship. I just remember last year Bradone Francis saying he felt blessed when IU offered him a scholarship, but he ended up committing to Florida. (side note he was ruled academically ineligible last year) So I’m not getting my hopes up at all because a kid says it means everything to him when in reality if he doesn’t want to attend IU then it couldn’t of meant that much to him.

  • hgdownunder

    I wish we’d gone for oden and conley…

  • hgdownunder

    Just listened to zag’s blog podcast and rawle is getting tons of interest.

  • 214_Hoosier

    See Johnson, Robert.

  • eville87

    Hey buddy. You do realize they lost something like 9 of there last 13 right? I guess thats getting better?

  • Corey Dunigan

    Victor and Will we something like 147 and 148..(?) I think