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June 9, 2010

Aquille Carr steals show at 2013 I-95 Challenge

Aquille Carr may not have ended Saturday’s I-95 Elite Challenge with an ankle-breaking crossover and long-range jumper, like he did at the Super 60 Showcase at St. Paul’s in April.

But the Patterson point guard impressed once again at the Class of 2013 All-Star game at Baltimore City Community College. The 5-foot-6 Carr scored 20 points to lead Baltimore to a 63-49 win over Washington.

Carr’s play Saturday continued a strong start to the summer season. At the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in Durham, N.C., earlier this month, Carr, playing for Team Melo, was named the top overall player at the event by North Star Basketball. He also received sterling evaluations from Rivals.com and Scout.com.

Did Carr, a Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection as a freshman, expect all this attention?

“Yes,” Carr said. “I got my name out there.”

Carr told Rivals.com last month that he has offers from Memphis, Texas, Texas Tech, USC, Villanova, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. He said Saturday that his list remains the same, although there’s a strong possibility that new suitors have made contact.

“[I have to] go back to school to get my other letters,” Carr said. “I gotta check my mailbox.”

With three more years of high school, Carr is a long ways from making a decision. But one program has caught his eye early.

“I want to go to Wake Forest. ... [I like] the school, the academics and how they run through their point guard,” said Carr, noting that Chris Paul and Jeff Teague are models for his game.

The rest of Carr's summer is booked solid with basketball, but he wouldn't have it any other way.

“Just work hard. We go to Rumble in the Bronx, [and] I’ll be in Memphis for a camp, the Jamboree Nike camp,” Carr said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

• Patterson will return Carr for his sophomore season, but the Clippers won’t be a one-man team.

Myreek Fowlkes, a 6-foot-3 wing, should take much of the pressure off Carr next season. Fowlkes’ freshman year was spent away from high school competition.

“At first I attended Poly, but then I transferred over to Patterson with Aquille,” said Fowlkes, who scored five points Saturday. “I didn’t play this year because of the transfer, but next year, Patterson champions.”

While he’s a new name for many local basketball followers, Fowlkes thinks he has already made a name for himself among diehard fans and his classmates.

“I mean, a lot of people know about me now at the school, because of open gym,” Fowlkes said. “Everybody knows what I can do. I got better now. So it’s going to be a nice one.”

Fowlkes hasn’t heard from any college programs yet, but that’s sure to change after a summer spent on the AAU circuit. He has big plans in store for the coming year.

“Trying to get that college recruitment up and enjoying myself really,” Fowlkes said. “Coach [Harry] Martin, [he’s] a good coach and everything. We got a good team. I think we can go all the way. So I hope it’s good for the future.”

Tavon Saddler is well aware that he’s following in some impressive footsteps.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Harford County is the younger brother of Devon Saddler, a Delaware-bound shooting guard and former Baltimore Sun second-team All-Metro selection.

“He set a high [standard] for me,” Saddler said of his older brother. “So that’s why everybody expects me to be that guy. So that’s why I have to perform to my ability.”

It’s early in his high school career, but so far Saddler has lived up to those lofty standards. He started freshman year at John Carroll before transferring to Aberdeen. He’s not quite sure what school he’ll attend as a sophomore, but his play with Team Melo has already generated some interest from college programs.

“I got a couple questionnaires from Indiana, Delaware, George Mason,” said Saddler, who scored nine points Saturday. “We took a team visit to South Florida last year. And North Carolina State and Wake Forest.”

While the high school Saddler attends as a sophomore is yet to be determined, he does have one basketball plan set in stone for the coming year.

“I’m gonna be the stands [at Delaware] next year rocking my big brother. Yessir.”

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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