“I'm a playmaker, and I'm going to score. At the end of the day, my job is to put the ball in the basket.” -The Flash, a.k.a. Dwyane Wade
“I Get Buckets,” is a term used far too often by today’s youth. Scoring, is an art form. We have all seen players score at a torrid pace for a short period of time. The few players that can get a basket, regardless of the help defense stacked against them, are special. The “40 Ball,” is chased by many, but attained by few.
Today we start a new feature series called “Running The Wings,” which discusses the the fine art of scoring from the wing spot (or shooting guard, small forward) on the floor. Make no mistake about it, the players in this section, get buckets.
Next up is Leap Academy forward Brazil Harvey-Carr. The Rhode Island commit is posting a stellar stat line of 34 points, 18 rebounds and 7 steals and 6 assists per game. - By Christian Mordi / @thedribbledrop on Instagram and Twitter.
TheDribbleDrop: If you were to use one word to describe your game, what would it be and why?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: Humble. I wouldn’t say my game is the most flashy game around but I try to be effective with my touches. I look to create open shots for myself and others. When I’m not scoring I’m doing all I can on the glass to create extra shot attempts for my teammates if they miss. I love passing. I love finding my teammates.
TheDribbleDrop: You’re averaging 34.5 points per game which is impressive but the way you are scoring the points is unreal. 5.1 three per game. You are making 4.5 free throws per game and you average 18 rebounds per game. How do you think you are able to pull down 18 rebounds per game while spending a fair bit of time beyond the arc offensively?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: When I know my shot is not going down, I always try to hit the glass immediately and give my team an extra chance at it. I’m the tallest person on my team as well so I try to pull down as many rebounds and block as many shots as possibly can. I never stop working on the floor.
TheDribbleDrop: We have seen now, more than ever, the use of hybrid forwards that can defend multiple positions. Why do you think that is the case? Is it due to the lack of true bigs, or the fact that hybrid forwards provide room for a more versatile offense?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: I think these versatile type of players provide coaches to do a bit more on offense. In regards to myself, I can shoot the ball away from the rim but I don’t mind mixing it up in the paint. You have to nowadays be able to attack off the bounce and hit open jumpers.
TheDribbleDrop: As a forward position, what do you prefer at the point guard spot alongside you: A pure passing point guard that is looking to set guys up and knock down shots, or a pick and roll heavy, ball dominant guard who will hit you in spots to knock down shots?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: I would say more of the Chris Paul type of player. I can work with either but more of the Chris Paul type is what I desire to play with.
TheDribbleDrop: Let's focus on defense real quick. What do you think is harder to deal with: having to switch on pick and rolls and defend point guards or battle a guy down low?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: I think switching on pick and rolls is harder. I can get down low and bang with you all day. Body to body is cool with me.
TheDribbleDrop: What is the ideal style of play based on your skill set?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: I like the uptempo game. I want to push the pace an attack. I like high scoring games.
TheDribbleDrop: You have put up some big numbers, but one that stands out to me is the 2,000 point mark. I don’t think many people understand how much energy has to be put out to accomplish that. How important was it to you to break that mark earlier this year?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: It was very important to me and my #1 goal heading into the season. I train everyday. I knew when I hit the 1,000 point mark as a sophomore I could break 2,000 as a senior.
TheDribbleDrop: When you catch the ball in the half court, what is your ideal, go-to move?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: I’m going with the in and out crossover and attacking the rim when I freeze the defender.
TheDribbleDrop: Tell me one great piece of advice you got from a teammate, coach, or older player you know that gave you a edge in the art of scoring.
Brazil Harvey-Carr: Keep shooting. Some nights your shot may not be falling from deep but that doesn’t mean to pass up good shots. There are many different ways to score the basketball.
TheDribbleDrop: You recently committed to Rhode Island. Why was that the ideal place for you?
Brazil Harvey-Carr: I like the academic program they have. I also wanted to be apart of building the culture up there. I want to go up there and make a difference.