UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Tony Carr just wants to enjoy the ride as long as it lasts.
Wednesday night after Penn State rallied to knock off Temple, 63-57, in the opening round of the NIT, Carr sat at his locker while reporters gathered around to ask about a night where the former Roman Catholic standout wasn’t his best, yet Penn State (22-13) still pulled through.
Carr, who hit just 1 of 12 shots during 37 minutes, experienced the rare off-night. He didn’t look like a potential NBA prospect, yet the reality still exists that seemingly every day Carr’s name is popping up in another NBA mock draft, all a credit to his standout sophomore season. NBA mock drafts have the All-Big Ten first-team honoree projected to go anywhere from late in the first round to early in the second.
“I don’t think about that at all,” Carr said in the locker room when asked if he’s given leaving for the NBA any thought. “I just want to finish this season out strong with my teammates and my brothers and focus on that when the season’s over.”
But was that maybe his last game in the Bryce Jordan Center?
“To be honest, we definitely have a decision to make with the things people are saying,” Carr said. “But like I said, I just want to focus on this season, these last few games we have, and cherish it because we’re never gonna get this back. I just want to focus on that and then make my decision after the season.”