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Tony Carr First Nittany Lion Selected In NBA Draft Since 1999

Tony Carr’s landed a spot in the pros.

The New Orleans Pelicans selected the Penn State men’s basketball guard with the 51st pick in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Carr, an All-Big Ten first team honoree out of Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia, made his mark in two seasons with the Nittany Lions. He averaged 19.6 points and five assists per game in the 2017-18 slate — leading Penn State to an NIT title in its first postseason berth since a CBI appearance in 2014.

Declaring for the draft in April following his sophomore season, Carr became the first Nittany Lion to receive an invitation to the NBA Combine, where he put on a mixed performance. The inconsistencies in workouts in the weeks leading up to his selection dropped him from a projected late first rounder/early second rounder to a late second round spot by draft day.

Still, this is a big milestone for Penn State.

Carr is the first Nittany Lion to be taken in the NBA Draft this century, with Calvin Booth earning the program’s last selection with the 35th pick of the second round during the 1999 draft.

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Steve Connelly

Unfortunately, former editor Steve Connelly has graduated. Where is he now? He might be doing something related to that PR degree he got in 2019. Maybe he finally opened that sports bar named after one of his photos, the Blurry Zamboni. Or he might just be eating chicken tenders and couch surfing. Anything’s possible. If you really want to know, follow him on Twitter @slc2o.


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