Sincere Carry is pretty good at basketball
I’ve had a number of conversations with Duquesne fans who have treaded with caution on who they should and should not compare Sincere Carry to in the annals of Duquesne or Atlantic 10 point guard history. As the season has gone on, they’ve slowly become more bold. I personally went with playmaker extraordinaire and a man still wanted for grand theft in ten states for his quick hands on the basketball court for VCU, Briante Weber, in Carry’s first impressions. I was cautious about how much of a scorer Carry would become, but it’s looking more clear that he should exceed Weber’s career best 9.4 points per game by a wide margin in just his freshman season. I’ve heard other names since, but much of the non-conference season, nobody wanted to compare him to TJ McConnell.
I don’t care to compare Carry to any individual in this piece, but I do want to frame the first half of his first college season in a historical sense. When I do, you’ll see we can compare him to almost any freshman point guard in the history of the Atlantic 10 one-eighth of the way through his college career. Obviously, a lot can happen that would prevent him from reaching the lofty heights I’ll outline below, but he’s making some noise that not a lot of players have.
Let’s start with steals. Carry has fifty so far, good for an average of 2.9 per game. With half a season to play, he’s already has the fourth most steals by a freshman in school history. That’s excellent, and if he keeps that pace, he’ll not only break the school record for steals as a freshman, he’ll break the Atlantic 10 record for assists as a freshman. Both records belong to McConnell at 91. That won’t get him onto the career steals list for Duquesne in year one, but it will put him on pace for Pepe Sanchez’ nearly two decades old tally for most career steals in the A 10.
So far, Carry has one hundred and four assists. While his pace has slowed down by almost one a game since league play started, he still would surpass Clayton Adams 1988 program record by roughly ten dimes. It would also put him on pace to finish in the top three assists in a season ever for a Duke, just behind Aaron Jackson and Norm Nixon’s senior campaigns. His average of 5.5 assists per game would also rank among the top ten in school history. Like steals, he’s on track to break the A-10’s career assist record currently held by Temple’s Howard Evans of the mid to late 80’s. Despite being a pass first guy, Carry has a strong chance to finish in the Dukes top five scoring for a freshman.
While talking the historical context of one freshman Keith Dambrot pulled off the D-II scrap heap, I’d like to put Eric Williams Jr’s freshman year in context. He finished tied for second in program history for scoring as a frosh with Robert Mitchell and behind only Wayne Smith. He finished ten behind Dick Ricketts in rebounds for a freshman with 280 boards. That’s outstanding, and I don’t think anyone should overlook what he has accomplished so far either. He projects to cross the 1000 point threshold around the City Game next year and should start working his way up the Top 30 list before the end of his junior year.
Carry and Williams have laid the foundations for great Duquesne careers early, something no one would have expected when they signed. There was talk about both of them being walk-ons among fans when Dambrot became the first D-I coach to offer. Now, the coach will build around both in what could mark the beginning of the best run of team success since the late 60’s. Both could and should leave his mark in the program’s record book. Carry might just leave it all over the league as well.