Teammates, and training camp roommates, Aquille Carr (5'6", 148 lbs) & Reggie Johnson (6'10", 290 lbs) pic.twitter.com/PrOuOjxghq
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One day after the Sixers named Rod Baker head coach of the Delaware 87ers, they announced the team's roster, which you can see in full at the bottom of the post.
You may notice two Big 5 kids on the roster -- Temple's Dustin Salisbery and La Salle's Steve Weingarten -- and Minnesota's Rodney Williams, who was with the Sixers in training camp.
But we're going to choose to focus on Aquille Carr, because wait until you F***ING HEAR ABOUT AQUILLE CARR.
Carr, you'll notice below, never attended never college. He originally committed to Seton Hall, and would have began his college career this season, but he decided instead to turn pro, and entered the D-League draft last month.
Beyond the fact that he's just 5-foot-6, check out this amazing excerpt from his Wikipedia page (bold emphasis our own):
He developed a significant following in his hometown of Baltimore. The Sun characterized him as a "must-see phenomenon". Patterson relocated from its small gymnasium to the arena on the Morgan State University campus eight times during the season to hold the large crowds drawn to attend his games. He received numerous nicknames, the most notable being "The Crime Stopper", for his alleged effect on the city's crime rate. His high school coach, Harry Martin said, "The crime in East Baltimore probably goes down during our games." One of his highlight videos on YouTube received almost 500,000 views as of March 2011. That video has since received over 4.7 million views.
That video here:
He's also insanely popular in Italy:
In April 2011, Carr played on the U.S. junior team in the Junior International Tournament in Milan, Italy. He led the team to capture the gold medal and averaged 40.0 points per game. After scoring 45 points in one game, Italian fans carried him from the court. Shortly after the tournament, the Italian professional basketball club Lottomatica Roma (the same club Brandon Jennings played for after high school) reportedly offered the high school sophomore a $750,000 contract. It was the largest contract ever offered by a European club to a high school player before graduation
He declined the offer, finished his high school career, opted out of college and is now trying to make the rare but not unprecedented leap from high school to the D-League to the NBA.
Your full 87ers roster below: