TONY CARR 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
COLLEGE: PENN STATE
WEIGHT: 200 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE FIRST ROUND/ EARLY SECOND ROUND
In the 2018 NBA Draft, there’s another star point guard who led his college team to a win in the postseason tournament. And this guy didn’t play for Jay Wright at Villanova University.
No, we’re talking about point guard Tony Carr from Penn State, who helped lead the Nittany Lions to becoming champions of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 2018. The sophomore guard was named an All-Big Ten this year, after finishing the season with a 19.8 points per game average, while shooting just under 40.8% from the field and dishing out five assists per game. In the NIT finals against Utah, Carr finished with a stat line of 15 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds. Carr became the first player in Penn State history to score a total of 1,000 points in his first two seasons in Happy Valley.
But it’s that scoring ability, combined with his size (6’4 and about 200lbs) that will reassure scouts that he belongs in the NBA, even if they’re not 100% sure at what position that will be.
Regardless of where you play him on the court, he is someone you’d want to have at the most critical times. This past year, he made several clutch shots — including the go-ahead basket against Ohio State in Columbus, and to tie the game against Minnesota — showing the ability to thrive when the spotlight is on him and his team.
Because of Carr’s size and length, he has the potential to be a very good defender, even though he might not have what you’d call “elite” athleticism. The potential for him to shut down opposing guards is there, especially if he learns how to better use his height and his hands to slow down the guys he’s checking. Further, with said height, he’s a deceptively good rebounder for a guard, as he pulled down almost five rebounds per game over the course of his time at Penn State.
One question that scouts will want to have answered is whether Carr’s shooting performance from last year was indicative of him turning the proverbial corner, or something of an outlier. The fact that he shot almost 41% this past season is good, but his sub-38% shooting, including just over 32% from three, will give some teams pause, as a combo guard who can’t shoot is something a of a jack of no trades.
Still, Carr has the skill set that will likely cause a team picking in the mid-to-late part of the first round of the draft to take a chance on him. He has the makings of a poor man’s Victor Oladipo: as an “off-ball” guard with strong intangibles and a growing offensive game, who could potentially be a very valuable contributor after being given some time to further refine his game.
The position Carr is put in, as well as the team he’s drafted into, will be large factors in his success. But if he does falls to the second round of the draft, someone could be up for a steal (no pun intended). We consider him to be one of the more underrated players entering the 2018 NBA Draft. He has starting PG potential in a few years time.
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