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Pitt's Marcus Carr finds a new home at Minnesota

Jerry DiPaola
| Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
Pittsburgh's Marcus Carr (5) drives against Duke's Wendall Carter, Jr. (34), Trevon Duval (1) and Grayson Allen (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
Pittsburgh's Marcus Carr (5) drives against Duke's Wendall Carter, Jr. (34), Trevon Duval (1) and Grayson Allen (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Former Pitt point guard Marcus Carr, who announced last month his plans to transfer from coach Jeff Capel's program, said he will enroll at Minnesota.

“It was the right fit,” Carr told 247Sports.com. “The Big Ten is a great conference. Talking with (coach Richard Pitino) and him telling me his plan for me and his team and how I can come in and impact the team (convinced him).”

Carr is hoping to play next season if the NCAA rules that players whose coach was fired can be immediately eligible. Former Pitt coach Kevin Stallings was fired in March.

As the rule currently reads, however, Carr must sit out the 2018-19 season. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

“Given the current state of college basketball, I know they're looking at that rule where if your coach is fired you would be eligible to transfer and play immediately,” Carr's mentor and Northern Kings AAU coach Vidal Massiah told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I think either way, it's a case worth fighting for. Here's a coach (Stallings) who had been recruiting him for years and the coach gets fired. Then you tell a kid he can't make a lateral move and secure his future? That's kind of the elephant in the room right now.”

Either way, Pitt is losing a valued member of its 2017 recruiting class and its third-leading scorer (an average of 10 points per game last season). His best games were against North Carolina (22 points), Syracuse (16 points, 12 assists) and Notre Dame (18 points).

Carr joins Ryan Luther and Parker Stewart among Pitt players who have reiterated plans to transfer since Capel was hired. Luther said he will attend Arizona.

Carr also was being recruited by Villanova, Ohio State and Michigan, the Star-Tribune reported.

Meanwhile, Capel has added incoming freshman guard Trey McGowens to the roster and received a verbal commitment from guard Xavier Johnson.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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