The Tony Carr era is over.
The sophomore guard declared for the NBA Draft Tuesday with his parents and head coach Pat Chambers by his side.
“My dream is to get drafted in the NBA, so I feel like I have the opportunity to chase that dream, so that’s what I’m going to do moving forward. I feel like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity so even for me to be able to sit up here and tell you guys that I put my name in the draft is a dream come true,” Carr said.
In his two years at Penn State, Carr scored more than 1000 points, and was named to the All-Big Ten team this past season. The Philadelphia native also helped Penn State to the NIT Championship this past season.
Carr is projected by some draft experts to go in the middle to late first round of the NBA Draft. Carr thanked Penn State Tuesday for living up to his expectations and putting him in the best position to succeed.
“Coming here playing for a great coach like Coach Chambers who loved me from day one and let me play my game. Everything he told me that was going to happen, happened and we even had a one shining moment which was cutting down nets in Madison Square Garden so I’m thankful for coach keeping it real with me you know and also to come here and play with my two best friends I came to from high school with so most definitely great great things I took away from this school that didn’t have anything to do with basketball,” Carr said.
Penn State will now have to move on without one of the Big Ten’s leading scorers, but Chambers said Tuesday he understands Carr’s decision to go to the NBA.
“No way shape or form can we step in the way of anybody’s dreams. We would never want to do that, so I think it’s a win-win, but it’s going to hurt me especially the relationship we’ve developed over these two years but I think it’s going to be a win-win for everybody,” Chambers said.