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NCAA Basketball: Analyzing final 3 for four-star 2023 guard Darius Carr

Mar 17, 2022; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Mexico State Aggies head coach Chris Jans in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2022; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Mexico State Aggies head coach Chris Jans in the second half against the Connecticut Huskies during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports /
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Four-star NCAA Basketball prospect Darius Carr is down to just three options. Which of them is the best potential fit for the future?

Darius Carr is a 6’3 combo guard out of Los Angeles, California, and is a consensus four-star prospect in the 2023 NCAA Basketball recruiting class, with 247sports having him ranked in the top 100 overall. His recruitment has been updated, with a list of three programs in the mix.

It’s an interesting list of contenders, including a program from the WAC. Which of them has the best chance to land Carr? Here’s a look at how he potentially fits with each of them.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

The lead guards for this upcoming season are returning role player Shakeel Moore and Southeast Missouri State transfer Eric Reed, who’s entering his first year at the SEC level. They’re still in need of top-100 talent to fill out the roster under new head coach Chris Jans and Carr could become a focal point in the offense for the future.

New Mexico State Aggies

The Aggies have become one of the best mid-majors in NCAA Basketball out of the WAC and will be heading to Conference USA in 2023. Their projected starting point guard is LSU transfer Xavier Pinson, who’ll likely be around for just one year as well. If Carr were to join New Mexico State, he’d instantly become one of the top players on the team and in the conference for the future. That’s certainly a good selling point, though it’ll be tough to pass up on the SEC and Big East options.

St. John’s Red Storm

The Red Storm are likely to start a pair of point guards in their lineups this season in Posh Alexander and Illinois transfer Andre Curbelo. How that experiment works out very well will decide the outcome of their season and there’s also a good chance that at least one will be gone after the year.

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This is the one option where Carr will have to play more off the ball compared to the other two but the roster may be in better shape and next to four-star freshman wing AJ Storr would be a nice nucleus for St. John’s to work with for the future.