Star guard Marcus Carr has announced that he will be transferring away from the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The decision comes just days after the program decided to part ways with head coach Richard Pitino. He will likely be one of the most sought-after players in the transfer portal. Carr is one of the best guards in college basketball and this will certainly impact the Golden Gophers next season.
Minnesota star guard Marcus Carr has entered the transfer portal, sources told ESPN. Third-team All-Big Ten this season, averaged 19.4 points and 4.9 assists.
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Carr averaged 19.4 points, 4.9 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game this season. Those numbers earned him third-team All-Big Ten honors for the season. The junior guard has his best season yet and with this season not counting toward his eligibility he will have two years left with his new school. He may choose to only play for one more year, but the option is open to him should he want to play more. He has not made his intentions clear, but he could also decide to test the NBA draft waters again.
The most likely replacement for Carr would have been Jamal Mashburn Jr. but he has also entered the transfer portal. He averaged 8.2 points in his first year with the Golden Gophers. Minnesota has not hired a new coach yet and the right hire could at least tempt the freshman back to Minnesota. If that does not happen then the new Minnesota head coach will be tasked with filling out a very thin guard rotation. There will be a long list of teams that contact Marcus Carr for his services next year. It is not impossible that the new Minnesota coach lures the junior make to the school next year.