One of the top transfers of the offseason will be wearing burnt orange next season.
On Saturday, Minnesota transfer Marcus Carr announced on Instagram that the redshirt senior will spend the 2021-22 season playing for Chris Beard at Texas.
A former three-star recruit in the class of 2017, the Canadian played his high school ball at Montverde Academy in Florida. After spending one season at Pittsburgh, Carr transferred to Minnesota to play for Richard Pitino in the Big Ten. Carr earned third-team All-Big Ten honors his first season with the Golden Gophers in 2019-20 while setting a school record for assists (207). Last season, Carr led the Gophers in points (19.4), assists (4.9), and minutes played (35.8) while earning all-conference honors again. Carr’s shooting numbers were not great — 39.1 percent from two on 169 attempts during Big Ten play — but the 6-2 point guard ranked in the top-50 nationally in assist rate while leading the Big Ten in minutes played.
Kentucky was long considered a factor in Carr’s transfer recruitment, but the veteran lead guard wanted to play out the professional process. The star player stayed in the draft as long as possible before pulling out. In that time, Kentucky addressed their lack of point guard depth by landing a commitment from TyTy Washington and grabbing Georgia point guard Sahvir Wheeler and Iowa long-range specialist CJ Frederick from the transfer portal.
Carr picked the Longhorns over the NBL after deciding to not visit Louisville. In his first offseason with Texas, Beard has landed five high-major transfers and signed just one high school prospect. Carr will be joined by Creighton’s Chrisitan Bishop, Utah’s Timmy Allen, Vanderbilt’s Dylan Disu, and Kentucky’s Devin Askew as new additions for Texas basketball.
The Longhorns could now be considered one of the favorites in the Big 12, and will likely be a top-10 team in the preseason. Beard is working quickly in Austin.