Aquille Carr, the Baltimore basketball phenom known as the “Crimestopper,” has transferred to Princeton Day Academy for his final year of high school, according to the school’s coach, Van Whitfield.
Whitfield said that Carr, who played the past two seasons at Patterson High, enrolled at the Beltsville private school on Monday and began classes on Wednesday morning, the first of which involved Carr participating in a workshop on the presidential election results.
Carr’s transfer was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.
Carr’s journey to Princeton Day, which has an enrollment of 58 students and describes itself on its Web site as “Maryland’s first all-digital high school,” began two years ago when the 5-foot-7 guard roomed with one of Whitfield’s former players, Chris Thomas, at a Nike summer camp.
“Chris had a lot of positive things to say about his experience at the school, so we spoke some about that when we first met,” Whitfield said during a phone interview Wednesday. “I was more interested in where he was academically than where he was as an athlete. I don’t really follow YouTube that much, so I hadn’t seen him play or any highlights at that point.”
Two weeks ago, Whitfield said that Carr and his parents contacted him about enrolling at Princeton Day. From there, they discussed the academic steps necessary to keep Carr on track to graduate in May and qualify to play at Seton Hall, where he committed this past January.
Carr, who is rated as the No. 74 recruit in the country by Rivals.com, was a two-time All-Metro player of the year for the Sun.
Whitfield said the first time he saw Carr play was in a Monday workout following his enrollment. Now that he’s started class, Carr is eligible to practice with the Storm, who will play St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.) in New Jersey on Nov. 15. Princeton Day is currently 0-1 after losing to national power Oak Hill Academy on Oct. 27.
This has been a roller-coaster year for Carr, 19, who has been described by Dime Magazine as “without question, the country’s most electrifying high school player.” In March, he led Patterson to its first Maryland 3A title, just days after his girlfriend, Treshonda Williams, gave birth to their daughter, Averi. A few weeks later, Carr transferred to St. Patrick’s in Elizabeth, N.J., where he stayed for just a month before returning to Baltimore in May.
Then in August, Carr was arrested on a domestic assault charge involving Williams. A month later, city prosecutors agreed to transfer the case to the inactive docket on the condition that Carr complete a 22-week stint at the House of Ruth, a program aimed at domestic violence prevention.
“We did our own work and research into his situation and we’ve agreed with Aquille to speak frequently about his program,” Whitfield said. “He’s taking it all very seriously and wants to take it all to heart so that he learns from this rather than just going through the motions.”
Whitfield said that Carr and his family do not want to speak to the media at this point and have asked him to handle all interviews.