Yesterday afternoon, Patterson High School announced that they would be canceling Aquille Carr's press conference scheduled for Thursday as the school prepares for assessment testing. In a press release, the school stated:
Due to the fact that Patterson High School will be involved with High School Assessment testing this whole week, there will be no press conference regarding Aquille Carr's verbal commitment.
The Baltimore Sun was first to confirm with Patterson head coach Harry Martin what Carr told the world on Friday, he was headed to Seton Hall.
In speaking with Matt Bracken and Glenn Graham, Carr told the Sun:
"It feels great knowing that I had a top school looking at me, I feel good being able to commit to the school."
On the timing of his decision:
"I just figured that it was about time to pick a school, narrow it down to the school that's right for me."
On the Seton Hall coaching staff:
"[The coaches] were happy. They told me that it was probably the best fit for me. The offense revolves around the point guard. I think it's just right."
Carr told the Sun, Seton Hall had a, "great campus" and spoke of his intentions to study sports management in South Orange.
On playing time:
"I’m just going to come in and earn my spot to earn playing time," Carr said, "and I’m going to turn the program around."
Coach Harry Martin added:
"The relationships Aquille developed with the coaches was big in the thought process and he's also excited about having a coach that also was a former guard. Watching their games, Seton Hall is a team on the rise and we liked the kind of pace they played and they give their guards a lot of freedom."
This afternoon, Adam Zagoria spoke by phone to the newest Pirate in his Big East Report for SNY.TV:
Aquille Carr told Zagoria that he will definitely be recruiting other players to join him at Seton Hall. One name he mentioned was 2013 SG Chris Thomas (South Kent School, CT), who the Pirates have offered. Thomas is widely considered one of, if not the best, shooting guards out of 2013. ESPN ranks him as a, '97' and the 13th overall player in the class. Rivals (5th overall) and Scout both have the 6'5 SG pegged as a 5-star recruit.
Carr alone was a huge recruiting win for Kevin Willard and company, but if he's able to lure Thomas to South Orange, we'd suddenly have a monster two-man recruiting class and one hell of a freshmen backcourt. Easier said than done, but it feels good that Carr is enthusiastic to play his future basketball at Seton Hall, pledging not only his services, but also, his assistance with future recruiting. Once again, welcome to Seton Hall!
Aquille Carr will be playing at the Armory in Jersey City on Saturday, January 14th as part of the Dan Finn Classic. Carr and his Patterson teammates will be taking on one-time Seton Hall target, Tyler Ennis and St. Benedict's at 4pm. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by phone or email via the event's website. The tickets are also good for all six games that will be played at the tournament on Saturday. In his interview with Zagoria, Carr requested that all Seton Hall fans come out for Patterson's game.