SF Carr Off To A Strong Start

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Highland Park senior small forward Shaffee Carr is playing as good as anyone in Topeka this month.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder is averaging 20.3 points in three games—all victories—and is shooting 67.5 percent (27 of 40) from the floor.

“I feel good out there, I see the floor better, I’m not as tired, and I know how to play with confidence and not get down on myself,” Carr said. “This year I’m going to need to score a lot along with Jahmal (McMurray).”

Carr, a three-year starter who averaged 14 points a game as a junior on the Scots’ 24-1 team, feels he has improved his ballhandling and shooting ability, which has led to his success.

Highland Park (3-0) won the Blue Valley Shootout with wins over KC-Sumner, Lee’s Summit (MO), and Lawrence.

“It’s a great start, it’s how we wanted to get everything going,” Carr said. “We’re trying to be undefeated so we have to keep winning game and step up on our defense.”

Carr scored 24 points in the 60-56 championship game victory over Lawrence after trailing 14-0 to start the game.

“It shows that we won’t get down on ourselves,” Carr said. “We stayed together throughout that whole zero to fourteen and it showed that we’re a family on the court. To come back like that shows we have a lot of heart. For Daniel Kingcannon to come up to the line with two key free throws really helped.”

Kingcannon, the lone junior in the starting lineup, is third on the team in scoring at 8.3 a contest.

“Daniel is solid, he’s getting the little things down and needs to be able to take the yelling from Coach D (Ken Darting) and listen to what he says and not how he says it, but he’s playing very well, knocking down shots for us, and we just hope he can keep it up and be consistent,” Carr said.

Carr currently doesn’t hold any offers right now, but isn’t focused on his future plans. “I’m not really worried about school right now, I’m just worried about the season,” Carr said.

Nebraska-Omaha, Texas-Pan American, UMKC, Arkansas-Little Rock, Notre Dame, Tulsa, Southern Illinois, and Wichita State have expressed interest.

Casper (Wyo.) College, a two-year school, has also expressed their desire to land Carr if he goes the junior college route.

Carr looking to continue his strong start on Friday against rival Topeka High (2-1), which will be their last game before resuming action on Jan. 7.

“It’s our rival and there’s going to be a lot of emotion, but it’s just like any other game and we have to play well together to get the win,” Carr said.

Highland Park senior small forward Shaffee Carr is playing as good as anyone in Topeka this month.

 

The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder is averaging 20.3 points in three games—all victories—and is shooting 67.5 percent (27 of 40) from the floor.

 

“I feel good out there, I see the floor better, I’m not as tired, and I know how to play with confidence and not get down on myself,” Carr said.  “This year I’m going to need to score a lot along with Jahmal (McMurray).”


Carr, a three-year starter who averaged 14 points a game as a junior on the Scots’ 24-1 team, feels he has improved his ballhandling and shooting ability, which has led to his success.

 

Highland Park (3-0) won the Blue Valley Shootout with wins over KC-Sumner, Lee’s Summit (MO), and Lawrence.

 

“It’s a great start, it’s how we wanted to get everything going,” Carr said.  “We’re trying to be undefeated so we have to keep winning game and step up on our defense.”


Carr scored 24 points in the 60-56 championship game victory over Lawrence after trailing 14-0 to start the game.

 

“It shows that we won’t get down on ourselves,” Carr said.  “We stayed together throughout that whole zero to fourteen and it showed that we’re a family on the court.  To come back like that shows we have a lot of heart.  For Daniel Kingcannon to come up to the line with two key free throws really helped.”

 

Kingcannon, the lone junior in the starting lineup, is third on the team in scoring at 8.3 a contest.

 

“Daniel is solid, he’s getting the little things down and needs to be able to take the yelling from Coach D (Ken Darting) and listen to what he says and not how he says it, but he’s playing very well, knocking down shots for us, and we just hope he can keep it up and be consistent,” Carr said.

 

Carr currently doesn’t hold any offers right now, but isn’t focused on his future plans.

 

“I’m not really worried about school right now, I’m just worried about the season,” Carr said.

 

Nebraska-Omaha, Texas-Pan American, UMKC, Arkansas-Little Rock, Notre Dame, Tulsa, Southern Illinois, and Wichita State have expressed interest.

 

Casper (Wyo.) College, a two-year school, has also expressed their desire to land Carr if he goes the junior college route.

 

Carr looking to continue his strong start on Friday against rival Topeka High (2-1), which will be their last game before resuming action on Jan. 7.

 

“It’s our rival and there’s going to be a lot of emotion, but it’s just like any other game and we have to play well together to get the win,” Carr said.

 

 


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