Penn State Basketball: Tony Carr Drafted 51st Overall By New Orleans
Tony Carr heard his name called and saw a dream realized on Thursday night as he was drafted 51st overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the second round of the NBA Draft.
If any complement could be paid to Carr's play it is that it appears slow in a way that makes the game look like it comes so easy to him. Never rushed, always in control, the Philadelphia native is the first Penn State player to be drafted since Calvin Booth in 1999.
The 6-foot-4 point guard averaged 19.6 points per game good enough for fifth in the conference with five assists a game while earning first-team All-Big 10 honors. Carr was the cornerstone to Penn State's most successful recruiting class in program history. The remains of which, Lamar Stevens, will return for the 2018-19 season this Fall.
Carr joins former Nittany Lion, Tim Frazier as the only other Penn State player currently in the NBA. Frazier started 35 games for the Pelicans 2016-17 season.
"To be able to say something like that in front of my teammates, in front of the media, in front of my family, it's just a great feeling to be able to put in the hard work that's going to take me to chasing my dreams," Carr said when he declared for the draft following his sophomore season. "I feel great right now."
"He worked so hard in the offseason," Penn State coach Pat Chamber said following Penn State's NIT title victory.
"He put on 25 pounds and he needed to begin to trust and he started to trust. He started to believe and he trusted his teammates. You can see his assists have skyrocketed. He really shared the ball. You go back to the Ohio State game in the Garden on that Friday night where you know he wants to take the shot, I want him to take the shot but doesn't take the shot and that's a kid who has grown. We talk about growth mindset. We talk about growing and emerging leadership, and I think Tony embodies all of that."