Carl English

Early Life

Carl Jerome English (born February 2, 1981) is a Canadian professional basketball player for the St. John's Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC). He stands 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) tall and plays at the shooting guard and small forward positions. He had unsuccessful tryouts for the National Basketball Association (NBA), with the Indiana Pacers (2003) and the Seattle SuperSonics (2004).

Carl English was born on February 2, 1981 in St. John's, Newfoundland to Kevin and Lavinia English and had four brothers: Peter, Michael, Bradley, and Kevin Jr. Following the loss of his parents, Carl began living with his aunt and uncle, Betty and Junior McGrath, and his cousins in the remote community of Patrick's Cove-Angels Cove in Newfoundland. His brothers were separated among different family relatives.

In Patrick's Cove-Angels Cove, English began playing basketball regularly on a makeshift hoop built by his uncle. Although Carl could only watch ice hockey on their television, which only offered two channels, his uncle often brought National Basketball Association (NBA) tapes from Ontariofor him to analyze.[1] By the time English reached grade six, he frequently played with his older brothers, who he struggled to beat.

As English improved at basketball he sought to attract interest from American colleges so he moved to the Greater Toronto Area, where he lived with his cousin, and attended Oakville's Saint Thomas of Aquinas High School. Due to a school dispute affecting extra-curricular activities, he went mostly unnoticed until the summer of 1999, when English toured with a Canadian All-Star team and caught the eye of a few Division I schools. Baylor, Notre Dame and Hawaii were all impressed by what they saw: a six-foot five-inch (196 cm) athlete with significant range on his jump shot. English had the option of returning for another year of high school but chose a late summer scholarship offer from the NCAA Division I University of Hawaii.

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