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Knicks sign another HBCU player, Morgan State’s Phillip Carr

But Morehouse’s Tyrius Walker was waived to make room on roster

10:29 AMThese days the New York Knicks are doing things differently in the front office, and it’s showing in how they are building the team. They signed former Morgan State star Phillip Carr to a deal, showing once again they can recognize NBA talent from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The Brooklyn, New York, native was a standout playing at Morgan, averaging nearly a double-double in his career besides being the team’s best defensive player.

Earlier in the summer, Carr landed a workout from the Washington Wizards along with his former teammate Tiwian Kendley, but only Kendley was chosen to play for their summer league team and eventually was signed to a deal.

Carr continued to train and look at other opportunities, such as playing overseas, before another chance at the NBA opened up.

Last month the Knicks contacted Carr for workouts, and after a couple of weeks the team saw what they needed to make an offer.

“First of all, it’s just an honor to play for the New York Knicks,” said Carr. “To be from New York and play for New York is crazy.”

The Knicks signed the undrafted rookie to a deal that will most likely move him to the team’s G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, as the regular season is right around the corner.

“Even them considering me just to be on the team affiliate is crazy to think about,” said Carr.

In the same day, the Knicks waived another former HBCU player, Morehouse guard Tyrius Walker, who signed to the Knicks in July. That move made room for Carr.

The Knicks have shown love to HBCU players in the past, and Carr now has the chance to become the next standout HBCU player whose game translated to the next level.

Marvin Webster, for example, played with the Knicks from 1979-84, and like Carr he played at Morgan State. Webster also helped Morgan State win an NCAA Division II national championship along with a national Player of the Year award. Charles Oakley played 10 years with the Knicks and played college ball at Virginia Union University.

More recently, Norfolk State alum Kyle O’Quinn played for the Knicks from 2015-17 and also like Carr was a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Going into the season, the Knicks have one of the NBA’s most diverse front offices. They have six African-Americans in leadership positions, including president Steve Mills, general manager Scott Perry and head coach David Fizdale.

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10:29 AMThese days the New York Knicks are doing things differently in the front office, and it’s showing in how they are building the team. They signed former Morgan State star Phillip Carr to a deal, showing once again they can recognize NBA talent from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The Brooklyn, New York, native was a standout playing at Morgan, averaging nearly a double-double in his career besides being the team’s best defensive player.

Earlier in the summer, Carr landed a workout from the Washington Wizards along with his former teammate Tiwian Kendley, but only Kendley was chosen to play for their summer league team and eventually was signed to a deal.

Carr continued to train and look at other opportunities, such as playing overseas, before another chance at the NBA opened up.

Last month the Knicks contacted Carr for workouts, and after a couple of weeks the team saw what they needed to make an offer.

“First of all, it’s just an honor to play for the New York Knicks,” said Carr. “To be from New York and play for New York is crazy.”

The Knicks signed the undrafted rookie to a deal that will most likely move him to the team’s G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, as the regular season is right around the corner.

“Even them considering me just to be on the team affiliate is crazy to think about,” said Carr.

In the same day, the Knicks waived another former HBCU player, Morehouse guard Tyrius Walker, who signed to the Knicks in July. That move made room for Carr.

The Knicks have shown love to HBCU players in the past, and Carr now has the chance to become the next standout HBCU player whose game translated to the next level.

Marvin Webster, for example, played with the Knicks from 1979-84, and like Carr he played at Morgan State. Webster also helped Morgan State win an NCAA Division II national championship along with a national Player of the Year award. Charles Oakley played 10 years with the Knicks and played college ball at Virginia Union University.

More recently, Norfolk State alum Kyle O’Quinn played for the Knicks from 2015-17 and also like Carr was a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Going into the season, the Knicks have one of the NBA’s most diverse front offices. They have six African-Americans in leadership positions, including president Steve Mills, general manager Scott Perry and head coach David Fizdale.

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10:29 AMThese days the New York Knicks are doing things differently in the front office, and it’s showing in how they are building the team. They signed former Morgan State star Phillip Carr to a deal, showing once again they can recognize NBA talent from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The Brooklyn, New York, native was a standout playing at Morgan, averaging nearly a double-double in his career besides being the team’s best defensive player.

Earlier in the summer, Carr landed a workout from the Washington Wizards along with his former teammate Tiwian Kendley, but only Kendley was chosen to play for their summer league team and eventually was signed to a deal.

Carr continued to train and look at other opportunities, such as playing overseas, before another chance at the NBA opened up.

Last month the Knicks contacted Carr for workouts, and after a couple of weeks the team saw what they needed to make an offer.

“First of all, it’s just an honor to play for the New York Knicks,” said Carr. “To be from New York and play for New York is crazy.”

The Knicks signed the undrafted rookie to a deal that will most likely move him to the team’s G League affiliate, the Westchester Knicks, as the regular season is right around the corner.

“Even them considering me just to be on the team affiliate is crazy to think about,” said Carr.

In the same day, the Knicks waived another former HBCU player, Morehouse guard Tyrius Walker, who signed to the Knicks in July. That move made room for Carr.

The Knicks have shown love to HBCU players in the past, and Carr now has the chance to become the next standout HBCU player whose game translated to the next level.

Marvin Webster, for example, played with the Knicks from 1979-84, and like Carr he played at Morgan State. Webster also helped Morgan State win an NCAA Division II national championship along with a national Player of the Year award. Charles Oakley played 10 years with the Knicks and played college ball at Virginia Union University.

More recently, Norfolk State alum Kyle O’Quinn played for the Knicks from 2015-17 and also like Carr was a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Going into the season, the Knicks have one of the NBA’s most diverse front offices. They have six African-Americans in leadership positions, including president Steve Mills, general manager Scott Perry and head coach David Fizdale.