Senior Guard Kevin Carr (Westminster, MD) inaugurated the Vermont Tech 2000 point club last week. He is the club's first and only member. Carr passed Lance Boire as Vermont Tech's all-time leading scorer during last year's post season USCAA championship tournament. Since that time, every time Carr scores, there is a new VTC scoring record.
Prior to the College of St. Joseph's game on February 8, Kevin Carr needed 21 points to become the first Vermont Tech player to ever break the 2000 point barrier. He nearly eclipsed the barrier in the first half, scoring 18 first half points. Carr finished the game with a game high 35 points. The 2000 point milestone passed without fanfare because the game was played in Rutland, on the Saints home court.
Fans of the Knights had the opportunity to properly acknowledge Kevin's accomplishment the following Saturday prior to their home game against the University of Maine-Augusta. Carr was presented with a commemorative plaque prior to the game. His parents, Mark and Frannie Carr travelled to Randolph Center from their home in Westminster, MD to help celebrate the occasion. Coach John Dyer paid Carr a fitting tribute prior to the game, describing him as, "the best player to ever lace them up at Vermont Tech."
After receiving the plaque, Kevin's teammates warmly embraced him and posed for a picture to memorialize the event.
"This is a very significant accomplishment," said Coach Dyer after the UMA game. "Very few players ever reach the 2000 point plateau. Kevin has done it in less than three full seasons. If Kevin was with us one more year, I'd bet the house he would break the 3000 point barrier. As great a scorer as Kevin is, the best part of his game may be his defensive ability. For three seasons now, we have been matching him up against our opponent's best scorer. Kevin consistently holds those players under their average. Kevin is truly a complete player. He has tremendous basketball instincts and court vision, both of which make him an outstanding passer. Kevin is the quintessential complete player."
Carr hails from Westminster, MD. He attended Westminster High School and earned
All County honors during his high school career. Carr initially enrolled at his Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, MA. During his freshman season, Kevin scored more than 400 points. Carr transferred to Vermont Tech for this sophomore season.
Scoring 2000 points seems to be a family tradition. Both Kevin's father, Mark Carr, and his uncle, Ron Bradley scored more than 2000 points during their respective college careers at Eastern Nazerene. When asked how he felt about reaching the 2000 point milestone, Kevin smiled and responded in typically humble fashion, "heck, I'm not even the leading scorer in my own family."
During this three year career at Vermont Tech Kevin has twice been named USCAA All American. He has twice been voted to the All Conference team in both the Yankee Small College Conference and the Sunrise Conference. Last season he was named the YSCC Player of the Year, finishing first in the voting ahead of teammate Nick Simpson who led the nation in scoring. He has been named Player of the Week in the YSCC and the USCAA on multiple occasions.
In a fitting tribute, Coach Dyer declared Carr's #30 will be retired and that an appropriate banner will hang in Vermont Tech's SHAPE facility to honor his achievement.
"Kevin is truly a great player. He is an even better teammate. He leads by example. We've never had a player that works harder at his game. Everyone on this team just loves him. He is instinctively generous and simply one of the wittiest people I've ever been around. If you spend time with Kevin, you had better be prepared to do some serious laughing. We're going to sorely miss him. He's the best to ever wear a Vermont Tech uniform."