Carr to Play Overseas, Seton Hall Loses Two Recruits in a Week
Within the span of a week, Seton Hall appears to have lost its only two commits from the Class of 2013.
Aquille Carr, known as “The Crimestopper,” announced on Twitter early Tuesday that he planned to play overseas next season instead of honoring his commitment to Seton Hall.
“The money wont always be there gotta get it when u can i turned it down last time not this time,” the 5-foot-6 Carr Tweeted.
Carr had previously told the Baltimore Sun that he was looking to play overseas in part to provide for his family, including his 1-year-old daughter.
“Seton Hall is still my choice right now,” Carr told the Baltimore Sun last month. “But I’m thinking about a lot more stuff that I could advance to. I think I’m ready to make it like my job. If you know about basketball, you know what that means. By the end of the season, everybody will find out.”
Reached by phone, Princeton Day (Md.) Academy coach Van Whitfield said he was unaware of the decision and wanted to speak with Carr before commenting.
“I would like the opportunity to discuss it with him,” he said.
The decision by Carr ends a bizarre chapter in Seton Hall’s recruitment.
He pledged to the Pirates in January 2012 and was then arrested last summer for assaulting his daughter’s mother.
He never signed his Letter of Intent in November, thus leaving the door open for him to make other plans.
Now he has.
The Carr news comes just a few days after 6-3 wing guard Jerron Wilbut, formerly of St. John’s Northwest Military Academy (Wisc.), was arrested for robbing a juvenile with a handgun with two other men in Chicago.
Jaime Buege, a spokesperson for the school, said Wilbut had left the school on March 4.
“If it is the same Jerron Wilbut who was dismissed from the Academy on March 4 for noncompliance issues, it is a regrettable situation and that type of behavior is unacceptable,” she said by email.
No. 12 Seton Hall opens play tonight in the Big East Tournament against No. 13 USF at 7 p.m.
As reported by SNY.tv, Pirates coach Kevin Willard was recently extended through the 2019-20 season.
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