Andrew Carr’s growth mirrors West Chester East’s

Delaware commit Andrew Carr (above) and West Chester East have made a ton of progress in three years. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

By Ray Dunne

This time three years ago, West Chester East was amidst a three-win season and hadn’t been to the PIAA state playoffs since 2002. 

The program had a hardly 6-foot-tall guard named Andrew Carr, struggling through pain as he fought to finish his freshman year.

Tom Durant had been out of local high school basketball coaching since 2003.

Now, the script has been flipped, thanks in no small part to the emergence of Carr as a top talent in Durant’s redone West Chester East program. That’s why Thursday night’s festivities looked more like a team’s celebration than an individual’s, in spite of Carr being the storyline after scoring his 1000th point in his high school career.

“It’s this program. It’s not just Andrew. He helps the program. He’s making young kids want to be him,” Durant said of his star, beaming about how one player may inspire a generation of success at West Chester East.

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Webmaster’s note: W.C. East and Andrew Carr will playing Chester Scholars Academy in Chester this Monday night which will be audio broadcast right here on as our Game-of-the-Week.  Broadcast begins at 6:45.