Highland Park 6-foot-5 small forward Shaffee Carr has completed his high school career and is now looking ahead to the future.
Carr, an athletic player who averaged 19.2 points and 8.2 rebounds for the 23-2 Scots this past season, is considering attending junior colleges Northern Oklahoma College, Iowa Western, Cloud County, Connors State (Okla.) College, and Casper (Wyo.) College and plans to visit each school.
“I am looking for a program that will help me develop my game, graduate and get me exposure,” said Carr, who scored at least 20 points 11 times including a season-high 35 points against Leavenworth in the sub-state playoffs.
Carr will make his first trip this weekend to Northern Oklahoma in Tonkawa, Okla. Mavericks head coach Donnie Jackson is a Highland Park graduate.
“I am looking forward to the visit,” Carr said. “It is my first visit and I like the school and I hope the campus is good. I know that they are good and have a great coach.”
He had some Division I and II interest, but is looking forward to improving his perimeter skills.
“Some, but not really I knew I wanted to do JUCO so I can get everything together and my skills more set,” Carr said. “My ball handling and shooting from deep will be a big need.”
Carr has aspirations of playing at a high-major Division I school and playing in the NCAA Tournament.
“That atmosphere would be crazy I hope to make it there one day,” Carr said.
Carr scored 1,125 points in his Highland Park career helping lead the Scots to a 47-3 record the last two years. As a a senior he earned a number of individual honors including Third-Team All-State, All-State Class 5A First Team, Co-Centennial League Player of the Year, All-City First Team, and All-Centennial League First Team.
“I feel like I had a pretty good career I was able to grow a lot and be fortunate enough to be able to dominate games,” Carr said.
The Scots lost 48-27 to Lansing in the 5A championship game as Carr was held to a season-low four points.
“The end still sits bad and probably always will,” Carr said. “It’s just one of those things you never forget.”