LAS CRUCES, NM – Head Coach Greg Heiar and his staff never sleep. At least that’s how it feels.
Coach Heiar announced Thursday that consensus four-star nominee Darius Carr has officially signed a national letter of intent to play for the Aggies in 2023-24. Carr’s involvement makes him the second highest-ranking high school player to sign with the Aggies in the program’s history.
Darius Carr | CG | 6-3 | 190 | Los Angeles, California | Fairfax HS
- According to 247 Sports, Carr is the 85th player in the class of 2023, the 15th combo guard in his class, and the 13th player in the state of California — arguably one of the top basketball states in the country.
- After playing one season at St. Bernard High School in Playa Del Ray, California, Carr will play his senior season for head coach Jamal Hartwell at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles.
- As a junior at St. Bernard, Carr led the Vikings to a 24-8 overall record and a 5-3 record in league play.
- The fast-twitch, two-way guard also plays for one of the country’s premier grassroots basketball programs at Compton Magic — a program that current NM State Director of Player Development, Darin Graham, formerly attended.
- Compton Magic has produced 44 athletes who go on to play professionally, including 30 people who have played in the NBA. Most recently, the program helped develop two top 10 NBA draft picks in Evan Mobley (No. 3 overall) and Onyeka Okongwu (No. 6 overall).
- Carr received offers from six Power Five programs (California, UConn, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Washington and Washington State) and also received offers from Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, New Mexico, San Diego State, St. John’s and Xavier.
- The Californian product is the son of Quintonna Carr.
- The only NM State Signee to receive a higher national ranking was 2007 NM State Signee Herb Pope, who ventured into Las Cruces as No. 23 in his class.
Head coach Greg Heiar on signing Carr
“We got a special one with the signing of Darius Carr. Darius brings athleticism, swag, toughness, character and moxie to the Aggies. He is a formidable competitor who has played for winning programs in both high school and on the AAU circuit. His style of play and desire to be the best player he can be is a perfect fit for the state of New Mexico!”
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