Jaycee Carroll

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Jaycee Carroll
Carroll-Madrid-CB Sevilla marzo 2013.JPG
Carroll with Real Madrid, in 2013.
No. 20 – Real Madrid
Position Shooting guard
League Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1983-04-16) April 16, 1983 (age 33)
Laramie, Wyoming
Nationality American / Azerbaijani
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High school Evanston (Evanston, Wyoming)
College Utah State (2004–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Teramo Basket
2009–2011 Gran Canaria
2011–present Real Madrid
Career highlights and awards

Jaycee Don Carroll (born April 16, 1983) is an Azerbaijani-American professional basketball player for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB. While playing college basketball for the Utah State University Aggies, he was best known for his scoring prowess, shooting ability, shooting range, and endurance. He has the 2nd highest 3 point field goal percentage in NCAA Division I history.[1] He is the Aggies' all-time scoring leader,[2] and also holds 9 other school records. When he finished his college basketball career, he had the 14th most 3 pointers made, and 52nd most points scored in NCAA DI history.

High school career[edit]

As a sophomore at Evanston High School, in Evanston, Wyoming, Carroll earned a spot on the varsity squad. During his junior year, he averaged 27.4 points, 3.3 steals and 2.8 assists per game. In his senior year, he set the state record for points per game at 39.4. Additionally, he averaged 9.1 rebounds and 3.6 steals per game. During a game against Green River, Jaycee scored 56 points, making 14 of 16 three-point attempts. Jaycee was named the Wyoming Gatorade Player of the Year, as both a junior and senior. Carroll chose to play college ball at Utah State University, in nearby Logan, Utah.

College career[edit]

As a freshman, after taking a two-year break from basketball, to serve an LDS mission in Chile, Carroll broke numerous school and league records and earned multiple conference and national honors. Carroll was named a Freshman All-American by CollegeInsider.com and Rivals.com. He finished the year scoring 18 points against ninth-ranked Arizona, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. He averaged 14.7 points per game, making 47.6 percent of his three-point shots and 52.3 percent overall. He broke Utah State's freshman single-game scoring record (with 28 points) and season scoring record (with 470 points). Carroll also became the first freshman in the history of the Big West Conference to be named the Most Valuable Player of the league's postseason tournament.

During his sophomore season, Carroll continued to break records. On February 2, 2006, versus New Mexico State, Carroll made 10 three-pointers, which broke both the team and conference records. He averaged 16.3 points per game, converting 45.1 percent of his three-pointers (which led the WAC) and 46.5 percent overall. He scored 21 points, to go along with seven rebounds and three assists, against Washington, in a losing effort in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March. For the second straight season, he earned second-team all-conference honors. By the end of his sophomore year, Carroll was ranked 33rd all-time in career scoring, and 5th all-time in three-pointers made, at Utah State.

Carroll continued to increase his scoring in his junior year. His 21.3 points per game led the WAC and was 10th in the nation. He also led the WAC in three-point shooting percentage (43.2 percent), shot 52.7 from the field, and pulled down 6.3 rebounds per game. Carroll had a career-high scoring game against New Mexico St., on scoring 44 points in 34 minutes, shooting 12 of 16 from the field, 5 of 7 from three-point range, and 15-15 from the free throw line. The 44-point mark was the most points ever scored by a Utah State Aggie in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in a single game. By the end of his junior season, he ranked 7th all-time at USU for career points, with 1,737, needing only 391 points to pass the mark of 2,127 set by Greg Grant in 1986. Carroll was named to the Associated Press All-American Team as an honorable mention.

Carroll spent much of the summer prior to his senior year in the gym, practicing his shot. He attempted 23,963 shots, making 20,010 of them.[3] He was named the WAC Preseason Player of the Year for the 2007–08 season, by both the media and WAC coaches, one of the top 15 seniors by SportsIllustrated.com, and a first-team high-major All-American by Collegehoops.net. Among all active Division 1 college basketball players, Carroll started the season ranked first in career three-point shooting percentage (45.2), third in career scoring and third in career scoring average (17.5) (among returning seniors).[4] Carroll's 32 points versus Utah Valley State on December 20, 2007, propelled him past Wayne Estes, to reach second place on USU's all-time scoring list with 2,009 points. Carroll became Utah State's all-time leading scorer on January 19, 2008, in a game against Idaho, in Logan. He passed Greg Grant on his first basket – a three-pointer – which gave him 2,129 career points. After leading his team to a regular-season conference championship, he was named WAC Player of the Year.

Carroll completed his career at Utah State with a loss to Illinois State in the first round of the NIT. He scored a total 2,507 career points, falling 35 short of breaking the record, at the time held by Keith Van Horn, for all-time leading college basketball scorer in the state of Utah. That Utah state record is now 2,599 career points, currently held by Jimmer Fredette of BYU. Carroll was selected as one of the best three-point shooters in the nation, and along with 7 others, competed in the 3-Point Shootout at the 2008 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. The final event of his collegiate career was the NABC All-Star Game, at the Final Four.

Professional career[edit]

Carroll was one of 64 players that were competing at his first pre NBA draft camp event – the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament – which was held on April 9–12, 2008. After going undrafted, he played for the New Jersey Nets' summer league squad in the 2008 Orlando Pro Summer League camp, earning second-team honors. He also signed contracts to play for the Nets summer team in the 2008 Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City, and for the Toronto Raptors summer team in the 2008 Las Vegas Summer League.

After the completion of the NBA summer leagues, Carroll signed a contract with Teramo Basket, a team in the Italian first division.

In 2009, he started playing for Gran Canaria in the Spanish ACB. According to his agent: "Jaycee hopes to develop his combo guard skills this year and sign a contract with an NBA team in the near future".[5]

Carroll played for the Boston Celtics summer team in the Orlando Pro Summer League in 2010,[6] and later with the New York Knicks summer team in the NBA Summer League.[7]

Real Madrid[edit]

In July 2011, Carroll signed a three-year contract with Real Madrid.[8] On July 22, 2013, he signed a contract extension with Real Madrid, that would keep him in the club until 2017.[9]

In the 2014–15 season, Real Madrid won the EuroLeague championship, after defeating Olympiacos, by a score of 78–59, in the EuroLeague Finals.[10] Real Madrid eventually finished the season by also winning the Spanish League 2014–15 season championship, after a 3–0 series sweep in the Spanish ACB League Finals series against Barcelona. With that title, Real Madrid won the triple crown.[11]

Azerbaijan national team[edit]

Carroll tried to be naturalized by Azerbaijan in the winter of 2011,[12] but problems with bureaucracy were close to keep it from happening. When rumors started to appear about a naturalization with Montenegro,[13] he finally got the Azerbaijani passport in April 2012.[14]

Carroll played with the senior Azerbaijani national basketball team in two games of the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualification, where he scored 27 points in the team's 79–96 loss to Sweden, and 26 points in the team's wide a margin victory versus Luxembourg (95–77).[15][16]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes seasons in which Carroll won the EuroLeague

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2011–12 Real Madrid 16 1 22.4 .503 .514 .865 2.6 .8 .1 .2 14.2 11.7
2012–13 29 2 21.5 .479 .425 .884 2.9 .6 .6 .1 11.9 10.0
2013–14 16 0 13.9 .440 .397 .889 1.6 .8 .5 .0 7.1 6.0
2014–15 29 7 17.6 .511 .465 .886 2.0 .8 .5 .0 9.3 8.7
2015–16 27 11 17.6 .432 .367 .885 1.5 .9 .3 .1 8.4 5.9
Career 118 21 18.7 .479 .434 .880 2.1 .7 .4 .1 10.2 8.4

Other leagues[edit]

Year Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Teramo Basket Lega A 34 27.9 .535 .465 .833 4.6 1.1 1.6 .1 15.9
2009–10 Gran Canaria 2014 Liga ACB 36 28.9 .579 .388 .836 3.5 1.8 1.0 .4 18.8
2010–11 36 28.5 .486 .444 .908 2.9 1.3 .9 .2 19.3
2011–12 Real Madrid 44 22.5 .521 .404 .853 2.5 1.0 .6 .2 11.6
2012–13 44 19.0 .564 .439 .836 1.9 .5 .7 .0 8.0
2013–14 32 18.0 .517 .408 .886 2.2 .7 .5 .1 9.3
2014–15 40 16.8 .537 .445 .791 1.9 .6 .6 .2 9.1

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • 2007–08 Lowe's Second Team All-Senior All-American
  • 2007–08 AP All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2007–08 Collegehoops.net Second Team High-Major All-American
  • 2007–08 NABC All-Star Game
  • 2007–08 CollegeInsider.com WAC Player of the Year
  • 2007–08 WAC Player of the Year
  • 2007–08 WAC First Team All-Conference
  • 2007–08 United States Basketball Writers Association All-District VIII Team
  • 2007–08 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 14 Second Team
  • 2007–08 Chip Hilton Player of the Year Finalist
  • 2007–08 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalist
  • 2007–08 Preseason WAC Player of the Year (both media and coaches)
  • 2007–08 Sports Illustrated top-15 Senior
  • 2007–08 Collegehoops.net Preseason High-Major All-American
  • 2006–07 AP All-American Honorable Mention
  • 2006–07 WAC First Team All-Conference
  • 2006–07 United States Basketball Writers Association All-District VIII Team
  • 2006–07 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 14 Second Team
  • 2005–06 WAC Second Team All-Conference
  • 2004–05 Rivals.com Freshman All-American
  • 2004–05 CollegeInsider.com Freshman All-American
  • 2004–05 Big West Conference Tournament MVP
  • 2004–05 Big West Second Team All-Conference
  • 2004–05 Big West Freshman of the Year
  • Wyoming High School Player of the Year (twice)

Pro career[edit]

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