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Cameron Carr overcomes injury, signs with Tennessee

Cameron Carr overcomes injury, signs with Tennessee
Class of 2023 Tennessee basketball signee Cameron Carr. (Credit: Tennessee Athletics)

BRANSON, Missouri (BVM) – Cameron Carr, a four-star combo guard at Link Academy, signed his National Letter of Intent to the Tennessee Volunteers basketball team during the early signing period. But back in July of 2021, Carr suffered a knee injury that led to surgery and was told that he “may never play the game again.” 

Carr, who is just over a year removed from the surgery, has more recently made his way into the top 100 overall ranking in the nation by 247 Sports. The overall top–20 CG is playing his senior season with the 2022 GEICO High School Nationals runner-up, Link Academy.

Carr chose Tennessee over Northwestern, Virginia and Kansas State. The Wildcats might have looked promising for Carr considering that his dad, Chris Carr, was a former Kansas State assistant coach (he was also a former second-round NBA draft pick). His sister, Chrissy Carr, is currently a redshirt senior guard at Arkansas, but she once played for Kansas State, too. Cameron, however, is choosing his own path. 

“Cam has that pedigree we talk about a lot as a staff,” Rick Barnes, Tennessee head coach, said. “His dad had a lengthy NBA career. His sister plays basketball in the SEC. He’s been around high-level basketball his entire life. He recently had a six-inch growth spurt, so his ceiling continues to rise.” 

The 6-foot-4, 160-pounder didn’t always physically look like he was destined for success. In a video interview with Cascade Sports, Cameron mentioned that he was “a lot smaller than everybody” else when he was a freshman. 

But, after the six-inch growth spurt and recovery from injury, Cameron was able to make a much bigger name for himself. He helped lead Mokan Elite to the 2022 Nike EYBL Peach Jam title by posting a 5.7:1 assist to turnover ratio.

Cameron has a big future ahead of him as he’s signed to the No. 8 recruiting class in the nation for the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports. The Volunteers have notably signed No. 24 Freddie Dilione and No. 51 JP Estrella.