As he eyes a decision in August, Coen Carr wants to get another look at Indiana.
The 6-foot-7 wing came to Bloomington on an official visit in March when Indiana played Rutgers on Senior Night, and he told The Daily Hoosier on Tuesday he plans to come again, possibly in June.
Carr said he wants to see campus and the program in a more normal setting rather than on gameday this time. That atmosphere, and specifically the IU fans made a major impression a couple months ago.
“The fans really were the most important part about that visit, how they were chanting my name and they knew me,” Carr told The Daily Hoosier.
The Legacy Early College product and Georgia native also left Bloomington impressed by the IU coaching staff, specifically head coach Mike Woodson and assistant Yasir Rosemond.
“Not only is he a great coach, he’s a great person,” Carr said of Woodson. “He’s real caring. It sounds like he cares about me a lot. I feel like I would be in good hands at that school if I go there.
“Also Coach Ya (Yasir Rosemond), being from Georgia, he’s another coach that I was close to. He was one of my coaches at a camp in the eighth grade. I really have a close relationship with both of them.”
Carr hasn’t been playing on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring due to a shooting hand injury that will keep him from playing until June. He said he’s been focusing on further developing his off hand with dribbling, floaters and layups as he recovers.
While the injury is setback, Carr was pleased with the challenge he took on this past year, when he transferred to Legacy and competed in the NIBC against top national program like Montverde, IMG and others.
“It was great competition,” Carr said. “It gave me a chance to show the scouts and the colleges that I could play against some of the best players in the country, people that are projected to be lottery picks in the next couple years in the draft.”
Indiana offered Carr a year ago when he was thought of as an elite athlete with a high ceiling. He believes his game has developed significantly over the last year.
“I feel like my passing has gotten a lot better, I’m seeing the floor and getting my teammates involved more,” Carr said. “My shooting has come a very long way too. I’m shooting with more confidence, and I’m shooting it better off of catch-and-shoot opportunities.
A 4-star prospect ranked No. 81 in the class of 2023 according to the 247Sports Composite, Carr previously announced a list of his top-10 schools. He said there are still around eight that he is considering. So far Carr is only working on setting up visits to Indiana and Tennessee, but others are a possibility.
Indiana’s current 2023 commits along with another fellow Georgia product, 2022 signee Kaleb Banks, are all doing their part to keep Carr focused on Indiana.
“I talk to Kaleb, and Jakai (Newton), he’s been my friend since we were like 11 or 12 years old, so I talk to him a lot,” Carr told The Daily Hoosier. “And Gabe (Cupps) too. Gabe came on my visit and I’ve got a friendship with him too.
“They are giving me little hints here and there talking about come there (to Indiana), but they’re not harassing me. They’re telling me to take my time and do what’s best for me.”
To watch Carr’s junior season highlights, GO HERE.
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