For years, Aquille Carr was the preeminent Baltimore kid. The Crime Stopper grew up in the Charm City, forged a tough as nails basketball identity in the city's gyms and outdoor playgrounds and eventually landed at Baltimore (Md.) Patterson High as a ready-to-roll prodigy.
The three years since Carr first started at Patterson have been a blur, with the point guard landing a remarkable professional contract offer from an Italian team while still an underclassman, starring in a series of prep all-star games and even fathering his first child.
Yet the Seton Hall commit still found himself with academic issues, so he transferred to Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick School in the spring to try and improve his academic status. Unfortunately for Carr, he returned to Baltimore within two months of heading to New Jersey, putting his collegiate basketball future in doubt.
Now, after finishing the 2011-12 school year back at Patterson, Carr is on the move again, enrolling at Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day School. The move was reported by USA Today, which spoke with Carr's uncle, Hilbert Hebron.
"He's down there and he's settling in," Hebron told USA Today. "He's just ready to get to work.
"He's got a bright future ahead."
Seton Hall fans will be hoping that Carr's immediate future is particularly bright in a scholastic sense. The 5-foot-7 dynamo has long been seen as an impressive on court talent but a handful in the classroom, where he has struggled to maintain an NCAA-acceptable GPA.
Now Carr will have another chance to prove he can achieve the way the Seton Hall coaching staff believed he could, all while putting his recent struggles -- including an August assault arrest -- behind him.