Minnesota star guard declares for 2021 NBA Draft
Minnesota star guard Marcus Carr is going to start preparing for a career at the next level.
This week, Carr announced on social media that he has declared for the 2021 NBA Draft. The news comes a few months after he entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal after Minnesota terminated head coach Richard Pitino and brought in Ben Johnson to lead the program.
It’s unclear whether Carr will retain his college eligibility, which is an option the NCAA grants players. The Gophers star released a statement via Instagram.
“Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine since I was a kid,” Carr wrote. “After speaking with my family and coaches, I have decided to enter my name into the 2021 Draft. Thank you to everybody who has helped me and pushed me to get to this point. Thank you Gopher Nation for being part of my journey.”
Former #Gophers All-Big Ten guard Marcus Carr, who has been in the portal since earlier this spring, declares officially for the 2021 NBA Draft, per his Instagram. Carr thanked Gopher Nation for being part of his journey. @StribSports @NBADraft pic.twitter.com/gB40AJf92V
— Marcus R. Fuller (@Marcus_R_Fuller) May 10, 2021
Carr spent the last three seasons at Minnesota, transferring in from Pitt following the 2017-18 season. Due to NCAA rules, Carr was only eligible to play the past two seasons, but he rose to become one of the top guards in the B1G during his time in the Twin Cities.
Carr started in all 60 games he played in with the Golden Gophers and averaged 17.4 points, 5.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals over his two seasons. Last year was his best as a scorer at Minnesota, averaging 19.4 points per contest while shooting 38.5% from the floor.
At the end of the 2020-21 season, Carr was a first-team All-B1G selection by the Associated Press, second-team by media and third-team by coaches.