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The story of Aquille Carr —The player behind one the most famous high school mixtapes ever


In the modern era of basketball, we have been blessed with the opportunity to watch almost every league and every level due to the world's digitalization. That provided us with massive access to watching high school phenoms and their mixtapes, making us follow a player and their development early. Sometimes they prove to be the real deal and translate that hype to the NBA, but sometimes some players get lost in the mix and fall off. One of the most significant examples of that is the hero of this story: Aquille Carr.

If you are a fan of mixtapes, you definitely know that name. 10 years ago, back in 2011, Hoopmixtape gave us one of the most exciting compilations of any high school player in history. The 5'6'' Carr was just a flurry of excitement, doing everything on the court with a heavy dose of flashiness. He was jumping fearlessly at defenders with his small stature, making acrobatic layups, breaking defenses with his tight handles, creating shots for himself with his quickstep, and even dunking.

The Baltimore native became a local celebrity, putting his Patterson High Scholl on the map. As he was a must-see phenom, the whole community was coming to watch his games, propelling his famous nickname "The Crime Stopper" because of the city's crime rate dropping drastically on game days. He was on top of the world, but unfortunately for him, it was his peak.

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Instead of going to college, Carr went to the G-League Draft in 2013, where the Delaware 87ers selected him. He would show some flashes, but his game wouldn't translate well. Aquille wasn't getting too many minutes, as that made him leave the team. He would apply for the 2014 Draft but eventually go undrafted.

Carr had no choice but to play internationally, as he played short stints in Cyprus and Canada. He played well on the court, but his off-court behavior became problematic, as he got suspended multiple times. He ended up playing for his hometown Baltimore Hawks in the American Basketball Association, where he's playing to this day.

It is an underwhelming outcome of a career that many thought could be great. Even though many analysts questioned his game and how it would translate in professionals basketball, the fact he had 48-inch vertical, ball-handling skills, and great shot-creating just made you think he was going to make it work. Unfortunately, there have been rumors he wasn't taking his craft seriously, alongside having some troubles off the court that weren't a recipe for success. It shows that it takes consistent improvement and dedication to take your game to the next level.

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