New Orleans Pelicans Select Tony Carr with 51st Pick in 2018 NBA Draft

By Chad Markulics on June 21, 2018 at 11:45 pm
 Penn State Nittany Lions guard Tony Carr (10) acknowledges the Penn State fans after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes in a quarterfinal game of the 2018 Big Ten Conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.
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Tony Carr declared for the 2018 NBA Draft with hopes of hearing his name called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. He had to wait until the second round, but Carr became the first Penn Stater selected in the NBA Draft since Calvin Booth in 1999 when the New Orleans Pelicans selected him with the 51st pick on Thursday night.

Carr's two-year college career ended with a 26-win season and an NIT championship, in which the Philly guard dished out a career-high 14 assists against Utah to bring the trophy back to State College. He became the first Nittany Lion to score 1,000 points as a sophomore and led the Big Ten in total points scored, finishing second to Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop with 19.6 points per game in 2018. Notably, Penn State beat Bates-Diop's Buckeyes in all three matchups between the two teams in 2018.

While Jrue Holiday will remain a linchpin of New Orleans’ backcourt, the Pelicans’ point guard position could be in line for a shakeup with the impending free agency of veteran Rajon Rondo. Their 2017 first round pick, combo guard Frank Jackson, also sat out all of 2017-18 with foot injuries, while emergency point guard Ian Clark will hit free agency. The Pelicans’ lone draftee in 2018, Carr has a real chance to make an impression during Summer League and make the roster.

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