Matt Carroll (basketball)

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Matt Carroll
Matt Carroll.jpg
Carroll with the Mavericks in 2009
No. 31, 3, 13, 33
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1980-08-28) August 28, 1980 (age 33)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school Hatboro-Horsham
(Horsham, Pennsylvania)
College Notre Dame (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Undrafted
Pro career 2003–2012
Career history
2003–2004 Portland Trail Blazers
2004 Roanoke Dazzle (NBDL)
2004 San Antonio Spurs
2004–2005 Roanoke Dazzle (D-League)
20052009 Charlotte Bobcats
20092010 Dallas Mavericks
20102012 Charlotte Bobcats
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 3,013 (6.6 ppg)
Rebounds 863 (1.9 rpg)
Assists 313 (0.7 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Matthew John "Matt" Carroll (born August 28, 1980) is a former American professional basketball player.

Carroll is 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) tall and weighs 212 lb (96 kg; 15.1 st). He played high school basketball at Hatboro-Horsham High School in Horsham, Pennsylvania under coach Walt Ostrowski. He played college basketball at the University of Notre Dame.

Early career[edit]

At Hatboro-Horsham High School, Carroll averaged 26.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and four assists per game as a senior shooting guard. He recorded even more rebounds and assists his first three seasons, when he started at point guard for the Hatters.

At the end of high school, Carroll ranked second in scoring in the history of southeastern Pennsylvania, trailing only current Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Carroll surpassed Bryant by becoming the only Pennsylvania player to be named Mr. Basketball twice.

Basketball gurus around the nation noticed, as they twice selected Carroll for the United States Junior National Team. That selection teamed Carroll up with players such as the Orlando Magic's Michael Miller, Stanford's Casey Jacobsen and Arizona's Michael Wright to compete in the Dominican Republic in 1998 and Portugal in 1999.

In addition to the U.S. junior national team, Carroll made it onto the roster for prep all-star games such as the Magic Johnson Roundball Classic, where he finally had the chance to play for his grandfather, and the Capital Classic in Washington, D.C..

He was recruited by coach John MacLeod, played for Matt Doherty as a freshman and played the rest of his college career for former Delaware coach Mike Brey at the University of Notre Dame.

College career[edit]

Carroll played in 133 games over his four-year career at the University of Notre Dame and averaged 13.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 0.9 steals. He finished sixth on Notre Dame’s all-time leading scoring list with 1,850 points.

Carroll also ranks as Notre Dame's second all-time leader in three-point field goals made (301) behind Colin Falls (331), three-point field goals attempted (762), games played (133), games started (125) and second in free throw percentage (.825)… Scored in double-figures in 96 of 133 career games. He was named All-American Honorable Mention by the Associated Press and All-Big East First Team as a senior.

Professional career[edit]

Carroll entered 2003 NBA Draft but went undrafted. He signed with the New York Knicks as a free agent and played in their summer league. He spent the 2003-04 training camp with New York and was one of the Knicks’ final cuts.

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

Carroll signed with the Portland Trail Blazers as a free agent on November 7, 2003 and appeared in 13 games for Portland during the 2003-04 season and averaged 1.0 points. He was released by the Trail Blazers on January 7, 2004.

Roanoke Dazzle[edit]

After being cut by the Blazers in the 2003-04 season, Carroll signed with the Roanoke Dazzle of the NBA Development League (NBADL). He played 11 games with the Dazzle before signing with the Spurs. Carroll scored 15.5 points and registered 2.8 rebounds a game.

Carroll re-signed with the Roanoke Dazzle on Dec. 11 where he excelled - being named 2004-05 NBADL Most Valuable Player. He led all scorers in the NBADL with 20.1 points in 24 games. He also averaged 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.7 minutes. Connected on .503 from the field (177-352) and .605 from the three-point line (23-38). Carroll scored an NBADL season-high 43 points against the Florida Flame on Feb. 9 and was named NBADL Player of the Month in January after averaging 22.3 points. After January 1, Carroll led Roanoke to a 14-4 record and first place in the NBADL.

San Antonio Spurs[edit]

Carroll signed with the San Antonio Spurs as a free agent on March 8, 2004 for the remainder of the season. He appeared in three games for San Antonio during the 2003-04 season and averaged 2.0 points.

Carroll played in the 2004 Summer League for the Golden State Warriors. He appeared in six games for Golden State during the preseason and averaged 2.8 points and 1.0 rebounds before being released prior to the regular season and returned to Roanoke Dazzle.

Charlotte Bobcats[edit]

Carroll signed with the expansion Charlotte Bobcats on February 23, 2005[1] and appeared in 25 games and averaged 9.0 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17.2 minutes. In his first season with the Bobcats, Matt reached double-figure scoring 12 times and scored a career-high 22 points at Washington on April 17. He also posted six consecutive games with 10-plus points from April 5–16.

Carroll became a free agent in the summer of 2005 and was re-signed by the Bobcats. He played in all but four of the Bobcats games in 2005-06, averaging 7.6 pts and 2 rebounds in a little 16 minutes per game. The team picked up his option for the 2006-07 season. Gained fame after completing five four-point plays during the regular season. The record for four-point plays in one NBA season stands at 6 and belongs to Mitch Richmond.[2]

In 2006-07, Carroll had his best NBA season by far averaging 12.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, and 1.3 apg. This year he also led the Bobcats in freethrow percentage, shooting .904 from the line, as well as three-point percentage, shooting .416 from beyond the arc.

On July 17, 2007, Matt Carroll re-signed with the Bobcats. Bobcats executive vice president of basketball operations Bernie Bickerstaff had the following comments: "Matt was one of our off-season priorities and we are glad to have him back. [...] He has proven to be the consummate professional on and off the court, and his production has continued to increase since he joined us from the D-League over two years ago."[3]

Dallas Mavericks[edit]

On January 16, 2009, Carroll was traded to the Dallas Mavericks along with Ryan Hollins in exchange for DeSagana Diop.[4]

Second stint with the Bobcats[edit]

On July 13, 2010, Carroll was traded back to the Charlotte Bobcats along with Erick Dampier and Eduardo Nájera in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Alexis Ajinça.[5]

New Orleans Hornets[edit]

On November 13, 2012, Carroll was traded by the Bobcats to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Hakim Warrick.[6] He was waived by the Hornets on November 20, 2012.[7]

Post-playing career[edit]

On March 18, 2014, Carroll was named the Charlotte Bobcats' Community Ambassador.[8]

Personal life[edit]

His brother, Pat, starred at Saint Joseph's University.

Awards[edit]

  • 2005 All-Rocky Mountain Revue Summer League Team
  • 2004–05 NBADL Most Valuable Player
  • 2004–05 All-NBADL First Team
  • 2004–05 NBADL Leading Scorer (20.1 ppg)
  • 2002–03 Honorable Mention All-America by AP
  • 2002–03 All-Big East Conference First Team
  • 1999 USA Men's Basketball Team Member – World Junior Championship – Silver Medal
  • 1998–99 Associated Press Player of the Year in Pennsylvania
  • 1998 USA Men's Basketball Team Member
  • 1997–98 Associated Press Player of the Year in Pennsylvania

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Portland 13 0 3.7 .455 .333 1.000 .2 .1 .0 .0 1.0
2003–04 San Antonio 3 0 7.3 .400 .000 .500 1.0 .3 .3 .0 2.0
2004–05 Charlotte 25 0 17.2 .389 .333 .855 2.4 .7 .7 .1 9.0
2005–06 Charlotte 78 6 16.3 .403 .389 .821 2.0 .4 .6 .1 7.6
2006–07 Charlotte 72 47 26.1 .433 .416 .904 2.9 1.3 .7 .1 12.1
2007–08 Charlotte 80 18 25.2 .428 .436 .804 2.8 .9 .6 .2 9.0
2008–09 Charlotte 34 10 14.0 .406 .267 .789 1.6 .7 .5 .2 4.1
2008–09 Dallas 21 0 6.7 .273 .125 1.000 .7 .1 .1 .1 1.2
2009–10 Dallas 25 0 4.8 .360 .211 1.000 .5 .2 .2 .0 1.8
2010–11 Charlotte 54 1 10.8 .447 .370 .769 1.3 .4 .3 .1 4.4
2011–12 Charlotte 53 2 11.2 .331 .186 .789 1.1 .7 .3 .1 2.7
2012–13 Charlotte 1 0 6.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 1.0 .0 .0 .0
Career 459 84 16.5 .413 .384 .841 1.9 .7 .5 .1 6.6

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009 Charlotte 4 0 3.5 .500 .000 .000 .5 .0 .0 .0 .5
2010 Charlotte 1 0 5.0 1.000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
Career 5 0 3.6 .667 .000 .000 .6 .0 .0 .0 .8

Career highs[edit]

  • Points: 27 2 times
  • Rebounds: 11 vs. Golden State 03/05/08
  • Assists: 5 2 times
  • Steals: 4 3 times
  • Blocks: 2 4 times

References[edit]

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