Aquille Carr didn’t think it could get any better.
Here he was walking around the blacktop at Venice Beach tossing the gold basketball he’d just been awarded as MVP of the Boost Mobile Elite 24, after dropping 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, as his Raymond Lewis squad fell to the Marques Johnson squad, 142-132.
Seemingly every other step he’s being hounded either by a reporter who “just needs a few minutes” or a fan who wants an autograph or a picture with the kid whose on-court alias is “The Crime Stopper.”
It’s said that when Carr, a junior point guard at Patterson (Baltimore, Md.), is playing back home the crime rate drops because people are too entranced with his skills to be up to no good.
“Winning MVP at the Elite 24 was just so crazy,” Carr said. “I had so much fun out there. I just didn’t think it could get any better than that.”
That was until Carr learned he’d grace the cover of Dime Magazine, a national basketball publication which has only featured high school players alone on its cover four times -- Dwight Howard, O.J. Mayo, Tyreke Evans and Lance Stephenson.
“To be in that kind of company is really big for me,” Carr said. “I just feel like there’s no turning back now. I’ve got to work even harder to get to where those guys are at.”
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