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Posted On: 01/27/18 12:00 PM
When it comes to recruitment, sometimes it’s as simple as making your target feel important, and that’s just what Cal Poly did to reel in one of Idaho’s very best, Daxton Carr.
The 6-foot-5 wing — Idaho’s 4th-ranked 2018 — sported offers from Idaho State, Utah State, UC-Santa Barbara and Air Force, in addition to Cal Poly.
It was the Mustangs coaches that made him feel most wanted.
“The reason I picked Cal Poly was because, when they first called me it was just different than all the other coaches. They made me feel more important than the rest of the coaches had,” said Carr.
“When I went on my visit, I got here and immediately felt welcome by everyone in the city. It was just a really cool experience for me.”
A slasher with great length and a penchant for tormenting his opponents defensively, Carr broke down his playing style in his own words for PHID.
“Honestly, I don’t think I really figured out the offensive side of the ball until this year. I’ve kind of figured out how to use my length and my shot, and how to use that to score,” said Carr.
“And with my length, it allows me to play pretty tough defense and it helps me out a lot.”
Midway through his senior season with Highland, Carr is averaging 18.2 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks per game.
He says his team is starting to find chemistry on and off the court.
“We’ve struggled a bit, but we’re finally starting to pick it up, and we’re meshing better outside of basketball as well,” said Carr. “And my goal is to just get better as the season progresses.”
A product of Exum Elite, Carr praised the grassroots program for putting him in a position to be seen by Division I coaches.
“Without them, I definitely wouldn’t have gone anywhere,” said Carr. “They really care for all their players, and every single day they push us to be better and out us out there against the best competition.”
When he does get to Cal Poly next season, the Mustangs will look for him to be an athletic playmaker.
“They see me as a defensive player and a guy that can bring some defensive intensity,” said Carr. “They sees me as a guy that can use my athleticism to make plays.”