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Interview with NBA hopeful Aquille Carr

 Asked what he would bring to an NBA team, Carr said “Leadership, heart, and excitement.”

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Aquille Carr’s journey to this point has had enough peaks and teachable moments to derail a young athlete, but the guard nicknamed “Crime Stopper” never lost sight of his dream to play professionally in the NBA. In April, Carr took one step closer to his reaching his dream by officially entering his name into the 2014 NBA Draft. The Baltimore native told My Mind On Sports that he felt that now was the time to try his hand at the NBA.

After consulting with family and my sports agency, Hazan Sports Management, I decided to declare for the NBA draft because I’m confident my game has improved to new heights. I feel like I am now ready to play against the top competition in the world in the NBA.

The confidence to compete with the best partly comes from Carr’s willingness to mature both on and off the court over the past two years. Carr was aware of the longstanding doubts that followed him, so he has decided to put in the necessary work to dispel them. Carr reportedly works out three times a day and is specifically focusing on his “jumper.” He also realizes that his motor must run longer than his courtmates to compensate for his lack of size.

As the little guy, I always have to go out there and prove why I belong. That makes me the hardest working player on the court whenever I’m playing.

Carr has also tried to quell concerns about his selfish style of play by becoming more of a facilitator and focusing more on his teammates. The former Patterson High School point guard has also taken his facilitating ways to the community by lending a helping hand to the underprivileged. Despite making mistakes in the past that got him in trouble, Carr has attempted to improve his image and be a good father for his two-year-old daughter.

Short stints overseas and in the D-League have afforded the young Carr to learn valuable lessons from some of the game’s most experienced players.

“Playing overseas, I had a number of mentors which helped me physically and mentally both on and off the court. I was blessed to be able to spent a lot of time learning from guys such as Tracy McGrady, Gary Payton, and Jason Williams. In the D-League I had to work extra hard to prove myself as the little guy. The challenges I overcame in the D-League will be the same ones I plan on overcoming when I get the opportunity to play for an NBA team.”

In many ways, Aquille Carr is viewed as a relatable figure for those who may face similar circumstances as a teen athlete. Maybe they were tagged as too short to play at the highest level or slipped up along the way, but Carr is proof that hard work and focus can reap positive results.

Carr has some friendly advice for the up-and-coming talent back home in Baltimore:

Don’t let your height deter you from fulfilling your dreams. Always play hard and practice after you complete your school work.

With the draft less than a month away, Carr will continue working towards his dream, and hopefully he will hear his name called on June 26th.

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