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Penn State Basketball: Tony Carr Declares For NBA Draft, Will Hire Agent

by on April 02, 2018 3:30 PM

Lost somewhat in the entire saga of Tony Carr's NBA future is that he has been chasing this moment his entire life. Not taking Penn State to the NCAA Tournament, not winning the NIT, not playing four years at the collegiate level.

The NBA. That's the dream.

And on Monday afternoon Carr took a step that much closer to realizing that dream, declaring for the NBA draft with plans on hiring an agent, that second point officially exhausting his NCAA eligibility.

"I've thought about this very long and hard," Carr said with his mother, father and coach Pat Chambers at his side. "We just came to the conclusion that the best thing for me moving forward is definitely going to the NBA. And I'm definitely signing with an agent."

Carr says the feedback about his potential has been positive, and that his impression is that he will go drafted somewhere between the late first round and mid second round. While he contemplated not hiring an agent and simply going through workouts, Carr feels that this is his time to take that next step.

In the end Carr' stock will probably never be higher. While he could have benefited from an extra year in college, working on his defense and various aspects of his offensive game, there's little doubt those skills and his already obvious talents can be honed at the next level with a paycheck to go with it.

"My dream is to get drafted into the NBA, so I feel like I have the opportunity to chase that dream into the NBA, so that's what I'm going to do moving forward."

Carr leaves Penn State as one of the program's best all-around players. The Nittany Lions' 26 wins in 2018 marked the second best season ever for Penn State.

With the corps of Mike Watkins, Lamar Stevens and Josh Reaves set to return the Nittany Lions will not be without talent, but NCAA Tournament hopes and whispers of a run at a Big Ten Title will take a little bit more work without Carr in the lineup. Penn State will welcome Myles Dread and Rasir Bolton to the fold this summer.

If and when Carr makes his eventual NBA debut, he will be the second player to do so under Chambers with Tim Frazier currently logging minutes with the Washington Wizards.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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