Baltimore's Aquille Carr gets pro offer in China

Baltimore's Aquille Carr gets pro offer in China
June 26, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Former Baltimore high school star Aquille Carr has reportedly received a contract offer from Qingdao Double Star of the Chinese Basketball Association, his first official offer at the professional level.

The 5-8 Carr has recently been over in China with a group of former NBA players, including Tracy McGrady and one-time Sacramento King Jason Williams, touring around the country throughout the past month.

“It feels good. I came out here with an opportunity to show my talent and they really appreciate me,” Carr told Rodger Bohn of SlamOnline.com. “I love the atmosphere, the fans and the games here. The only thing is the food, but I’m trying my best to get used to that.”

While in the United States this past August, Carr was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and reckless endangerment after allegedly punching and kicking the mother of his infant daughter during an argument. He accepted a plea deal in September and was ordered to attend 22 counseling sessions.

Aside from legal troubles, Carr's commitment to play college basketball at Seton Hall was often in doubt due to his perceived inability to qualify academically once he enrolled at the school. In part because of that, Carr decided to turn pro this spring.

His decision has been compared to a similar one made by Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, who spent one season overseas before entering the NBA Draft. But the circumstances for Carr will be different.

Unlike Jennings, who was the No. 4 prospect in the country from his graduating class according to Rivals.com, Carr only rose to just inside the Top 40 at his peak and did not finish his high school career within the nation's Top 150. Jennings is also 6-1, close to five inches taller than Carr.

Carr is a flashy ballhandler with a penchant for highlight-worthy plays, but his ability to conform to a structured pro system will need to be proven before real consideration about an NBA future can happen. If he signs a deal in China or elsewhere, endorsement deals could follow, giving him a solid amount of income without the NBA entering the picture.