Penn State Signee Tony Carr Named PA Sports Writers’ Player Of The Year
The gem of Pat Chambers’ star-studded 19th-ranked 2016 recruiting class, four-star point guard Tony Carr, received a high honor Saturday afternoon, as the Roman Catholic standout was named the Pennsylvania Sports Writers’ All-State Class AAAA Player of the Year.
Carr’s Cahillite teammates — four-star small forward Lamar Stevens, who transferred to Roman from The Haverford School prior to his senior season, and three-star small forward Nazeer Bostick — join him as AAAA first-team nods. Roman Catholic, the alma mater of rising junior point guard Shep Garner, is fresh off back-to-back PIAA AAAA State Championships, as the Philly powerhouse cruised to a 73-62 win over Pittsburgh’s Taylor Allderdice at the GIANT Center in Hershey on March 19.
Hershey, Pa., power forward Dylan Painter, who was on the Nittany Lions’ radar for quite some time before signing with the 2016 NCAA National Champs, Villanova, was also named to the first team, as was unsigned five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker of Reading, Pa., and Allderdice’s James Jackson — a Toledo football commit.
The Roman trio played on the same AAU squad, Team Final, and decided to suit up together in college too, sealing their commitment on November 12 during the early signing period before the Nittany Lions embarked on a 16-16 campaign. Carr, Stevens, Bostick, and four-star power forward Joe Hampton out of famed Oak Hill Academy, form the most highly-touted group to ever sign with Penn State — a running theme for Chambers. They’ll arrive at University Park as true freshmen prior to this coming season.
Carr is the unanimous top prospect from the Keystone State this cycle, the ninth-best point guard nationally and the 50th-overall player in 2016, according to the 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder commands the floor with strong vocal leadership and has an excellent chance to make a splash from day one.