Patterson's Carr to Italy? No time soon.
Although an internet report stated Patterson sophomore basketball sensation Aquille Carr has been offered a contract to play professionally in Italy, Clippers coach Harry Martin said his standout point guard won't be leaving any time soon.
"He's going to be at Patterson the next two years," said Martin. "After that, he'll take a look at his options."
ScoutsFocus.com first reported that the 17-year-old Carr, who earned All-Metro Player of the Year honors this past season, was offered a $750,000 contract offer from Italian club Lottomatica Virtus Roma while he was helping the U.S. Elite Select under-19 team capture the Junior International Tournament in Milan last month.
Martin was unfamiliar with the specific details of the contract and the Carr family, through Martin, said they didn't have any comment on the report.
This past season, Carr averaged 32 points and six assists in leading the Baltimore City champions Clippers (25-2) to the Class 4A state championship game. A YouTube sensation for his dynamic drives to the basket, he became an instant hit in Italy with his flashy play, averaging 30 points per game in the U.S. team’s five wins to claim the title.
“He had a great week and he was a fan favorite for many different reasons. He’s an electric-type player who made some incredible plays,” said U.S. coach Chris Chaney, who said the Italian fans made signs and even formed a fan club for Carr.