Tony Carr became Penn State’s first NBA draft pick since 1999 on Thursday night. The New Orleans Pelicans selected the Nittany Lions point guard in the second round with the 51st overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft.
Tony Carr goes 51st overall to Pelicans in 2018 NBA Draft
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) June 22, 2018
Carr was Penn State’s first pick since Calvin Booth was taken 35th overall by the Washington Wizards 19 years ago. Carr will be one of two former Penn State players currently in the NBA, joining Washington Wizards guard Tim Frazier.
A Philadelphia native, Carr had a breakout sophomore season. He was a first-team All-Big Ten pick after averaging 19.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game in the 2017-18 campaign. Carr opted to enter the draft shortly after helping Penn State win the 2018 NIT.
“It’s a dream come true. You play basketball at the age of 6 or 7, every kid wants to go to the NBA,” Carr told the Big Ten Network after being picked. “…It’s the best feeling of my life.”
"Greatest feeling of my life." pic.twitter.com/Hk0vUbI5oY
— Penn State On BTN (@PennStateOnBTN) June 22, 2018