Coming out of high school, Aquille Carr, was one of the most highly touted prospects. He received offers from Seton Hall, Connecticut, and Memphis, to name a few. Carr originally committed to Seton Hall before deciding to play overseas. The former high school phenom got drafted into the NBA D-League after playing abroad for a short stint, and is now training in order to get drafted into the NBA in June.
Q: When did you start playing basketball and did you always know that you wanted to be a professional basketball player?
-When I was little, like 3 years old I started playing. And I always dreamed of being a professional basketball player but never thought too much into it. I just said god has a plan for me and I’ll leave it up to him.
Q: What was the major reason behind your decision to play overseas instead of playing with Seton Hall, the team you originally committed to?
-Just personal reasons; I had my daughter to take care of and that was my number one priority.
Q: Do you compare your journey thus far to Brandon Jennings and has he or anyone else offered you any support throughout your road to the NBA?
-I do talk to Brandon Jennings because he went through a similar process of playing overseas and then coming back to the states…But everyone has a different journey. I also talk to him a lot because he’s in the Under Armour family. John Wall is another person I speak to. He’s not in the Under Armour family but he gives me a lot of advice on and off the court. I mostly get the same advice from everyone saying, "Keep working hard, it’s not over. And surround yourself with good people who will have a positive influence of your career…so that’s what I’ve been trying to do"
Q: What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how have you managed this challenge?
-My height has been my biggest challenge but I don’t let it affect me. I make up for it in other aspects of the game… like my speed and jumping ability.
Q: What did you learn while playing in China, the Eurocamp and the D-League that will help you moving forward?
-It takes a lot to be a professional. You don't just get there, you have to work hard. Unless you give everything you’ve got, you don’t stand a chance. That’s what I’ve learned from my experience playing in the Eurocamp and D-league.
Q: In order to be drafted into the NBA in June, what will you need to work on in your game?
-I’m working on my jump shot right now, trying to get it more consistent. But I’m working on all parts of my game, there’s always room for improvement.
Rapid Fire Questions:
Q: Nastier crossover, yourself or Allen Iverson?
-(Laughs) Aquille Carr, The Crimestopper, no question.
Q: Best moment in your young basketball career?
-Winning the state championship.
Q: Basketball player that you look up to the most?
-Nate Robinson. His ability to play at such a high level regardless of his height is an inspiration.
Q: Personal favorite shoe to wear in games and to don outside?
-Under Armour micro G low
Q: Favorite workout/pump-up songs to listen to before games or in practice?
-My Moment, DJ Drama