Jordan Caroline

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Jordan Caroline
Jordan Caroline.jpg
Caroline with Nevada in 2017.
Los Angeles Lakers
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (1996-01-15) January 15, 1996 (age 23)
Champaign, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft2019 / Undrafted
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentLos Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards

Jordan Caroline (born January 15, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Early life and high school career[edit]

Caroline's maternal grandfather was J. C. Caroline, who was a running back for Illinois and led the nation in rushing as a sophomore in 1953 before playing 10 seasons for the Chicago Bears, primarily as a defensive back. His father, Simeon Rice, was an All-America defensive end at Illinois in 1994 and 1995 and was picked third in the NFL draft and played 12 NFL seasons. His mother Jayna Caroline, was a track athlete in high school and graduated from Illinois. Growing up, Jordan never felt any pressure to play football though did dabble in the sport as well as swimming, though he focused on basketball. In middle school he played on the same AAU program, Team Trouble, as future Loyola-Chicago forward Donte Ingram. Caroline went to Edison Middle School in Champaign, IL. Caroline played two years of high school basketball for Champaign Central High School before transferring to Montverde Academy. Playing alongside Ben Simmons and D'Angelo Russell, Caroline helped the team to back-to-back national titles in 2013 and 2014.[1]

College career[edit]

Caroline was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team at Southern Illinois.[2] He averaged 9.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game as a freshman. After the season, decided to transfer and received scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Xavier and Minnesota before picking Nevada.[1]

Caroline was named Most Outstanding Player of the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in December 2016 after contributing 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 67-66 win over UC Santa Barbara.[3] Caroline earned Second-team All-Mountain West and Mountain West Tournament MVP honors his sophomore season in leading Nevada to a tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth.[4] He averaged 15.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Coming into his junior season, Caroline was named to the Preseason All-Conference Team.[5] As a junior, he averaged 17.7 points and a Pack-leading 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field. Caroline was a first-team All-Mountain West selection by the conference coaches and media, first-team NABC District 17 and a USBWA District VIII selection. He was named to the Mountain West All-Tournament Team and led the Wolf Pack to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 after comeback wins over Texas and Cincinnati. Caroline tested the waters of the 2018 NBA draft, but ultimately opted to return to Nevada for his senior season.[4]

Coming into his senior season, Caroline was named to the Preseason MWC Team.[6] On March 2, 2019, Caroline scored his 2,000th career point in a loss to Utah State.[7] He punched a glass fire extinguisher near the locker room after the game as part of a fracas in the handshake line.[8]Caroline finished his senior season averaging 17.0 points per game, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. Caroline also broke the Mountain West record for the most double doubles in a career previously held by Utah’s Andrew Bogut.

Caroline went undrafted in the 2019 NBA Draft but signed an Exhibit 10 Contract with the Los Angeles Lakers a day later.

Career statistics[edit]

  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


2014–15 Southern Illinois 33 32 25.6 .448 .667 .660 6.2 .9 .7 .2 9.2
2016–17 Nevada 35 34 35.1 .463 .337 .590 9.2 1.9 1.1 .3 15.0
2017–18 Nevada 37 36 34.9 .474 .324 .709 8.6 2.2 .7 .2 17.7
2018–19 Nevada 33 33 35.5 .452 .368 .628 9.6 1.9 .6 .3 17.0
Career 138 135 32.9 .461 .348 .646 8.4 1.8 .8 .3 14.8

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ryan, Shannon (March 21, 2018). "Nevada's Jordan Caroline, the son and grandson of Illinois legends, never got a call from 'dream school'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Tuttle Highlights 2014-15 All-Missouri Valley". Missouri Valley Conference. March 3, 2015. Archived from the original on October 30, 2016. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Moody, Darrell (December 26, 2016). "Jordan Caroline rules as tournament MVP". The Record-Courier. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Jordan Caroline to Return for Senior Season for Nevada Wolf Pack". KTV. May 27, 2018. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mountain West Announces 2017-18 Men's Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team". Mountain West Conference. October 18, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Roberts, Rachel (October 16, 2018). "The Mountain West preseason basketball poll is out. And Boise State is not happy". The Idaho Statesman. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Utah State beats No. 12 Nevada to take Mountain West lead". March 3, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  8. ^ Borzello, Jeff (March 4, 2019). "MWC: Court rush not factor in USU-Nevada fracas". ESPN. Retrieved March 4, 2019.

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