The state of New Mexico is generally not known to be a place where there is deep rooted tradition of producing high major basketball recruits.  That could very well change soon as relatively unknown basketball prospect is making waves to be in the conversation as the best kept secret in the region.  2022 F/C Isaiah Carr of Las Cruces, NM is unbelievable basketball talent for Las Cruces High School and is just scratching the surface in terms of potential.  When it is all said and done, he may be the ultimate diamond jewel of the entire 2022 recruiting class.  

Standing at 6’11, Carr has the ultimate blend of size and skill at the high school level.  He has a natural feel for the game and is dominant around the basket.  He has plethora of post moves and scores the basketball with ease in the half court.  He can finish with either hand or has no problem going up against contact.  He is a great passer and can be used in multiple ways within the offense.  He has an extremely high IQ and always seems to make the right plays for his team.  He has put in a lot of working stretching his shooting range beyond 15 feet and has worked to expand beyond the three-point line.  He has gotten more comfortable putting the ball on the floor and has showed glimpses of what may come with continued improvement of ball handling and being used further out on the perimeter.  His shooting mechanics are above average and shoots an exceptionally good percentage from the free throw line. 

Defensively he protects the rim at all costs.  His has exceptionally long arms and makes it difficult for opponents to challenge him at the rim.  He moves his feet very well and is active out on the perimeter when he is forced away from the basket.  He rebounds the ball well on both ends of the floor and can begin the break in transition.  He plays the game with a high motor and a lot of passion and impacts the game on both ends of the floor.  College programs who may have been in the dark about his talents are now starting to take notice and look to get a front row seat at his development. 

One of the schools that has made him a target is Western Illinois as they look to secure a solid class of 2022 prospects.  Many schools in the region have gotten wind of his special talents and have began reaching out and getting information on the standout player and we fully expect for his recruiting trail to intensify.