Fran McCaffery reached back to his roots Tuesday. The Iowa coach offered a scholarship to a Philadelphia point guard.
Roman Catholic’s Tony Carr has spoken with Hawkeye Assistant Andrew Francis on numerous occasions. Recently, he heard from McCaffery.
"I have been communicating with the coaching staff for a couple weeks so the offer wasn’t that surprising," said Carr, who runs with Team Final on the AAU circuit.
Rivals ranks Carr as the No. 77 overall prospect nationally in the Class of 2016. He reports other scholarship offers from Georgetown, Indiana, LaSalle, Maryland, Penn State, Rhode Island and Temple.
"I don’t know much about Iowa, but I give all my offers equal opportunity. If the coaching staff gives me the opportunity of attending their school for free, I have to give them the respect to consider their school no matter where it’s located," the 6-foot-5, 185-pounder said.
Carr helped Team Final to a 3-1 record at the EYBL Boo Williams tournament in Hampton, VA this past weekend. He averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the event. He connected on 8 of 18 (44.4 percent) of his three-point attempts.
Iowa has made a strong early impression on Carr, who is likely to see his recruitment trend upward.
"I thought (Francis) was a pretty straight forward guy. He expressed to me that he liked my game and I could be special, so that was good. Coach McCaffery pretty much told me the same things," Carr said.
Carr, who is undecided on a college major, said he’d like to commit to a college sometime in the fall. He said contributing as a true freshman is high on his list of priorities.
McCaffery shared his background with Carr. The coach earned the nickname "White Magic" on the streets of Philly when he was a player.
"He told me he attended LaSalle High School. I think that’s a great nickname. He must have been really good to have a nickname like that," Carr said.