Will it be the NBA or Europe for Carroll?

The question isn’t whether or not Jaycee Carroll will play professional basketball, it’s where?
Carroll is the only person that will determine that, and he’s going to have to continue to prove it on the court.
He’s got all the off-the-court stuff taken care of: Great character, hard-worker, etc.
There is no question the 6-foot-2 inch guard can score the basketball. He is already Utah State’s all-time leading scorer and he is well on his way to leading the Western Athletic Conference in scoring for the second straight season.
He’s learned to score from nearly every spot on the court.
In the final month of the season, he’ll need to prove he can defend and be an asset on the offensive end of the floor other than scoring to catch the eye of NBA scouts.
From the day he stepped on campus at Utah State, basketball coach Stew Morrill stressed to Carroll the need to improve defensively.
He has done that. Is he a lock-down defender? No. But he is in no way a defensive liability.
In the NBA he’d guard players, three, four, five, and even six inches taller than he is, and in most cases they will be quicker and be able to jump higher than he can.
Knowing Carroll he’d find a way to do it and do it adequately.
On the offensive end he’ll be guarded by those same players, and like he has done in his collegiate career, he’ll find ways to outhustle, outsmart, and outwork his defender.
If he can prove he can bring the ball up the the floor without turning it over and get his team into its offense, his stock will rise considerably. He hasn’t had opportunity to do that much with the Aggies because he hasn’t had to.
Carroll tested the NBA waters and found them quite chilly last year and he decided to return to Logan for his senior season. This summer will be crucial for him. Without a doubt he’ll be invited to predraft camps and tournaments like the Portsmouth Invitational, and there he’ll need to show his wares in a short amount of time.
He’s used to doing that already.
Knocks on his door to play Div. I college basketball were few and far between. Recruiters didn’t think he could score with regularity like he did at Evanston High School.
No, he’s not scoring 39 points a game like he did as a senior in high school, but 22 per contest isn’t bad, especially since defenders are grabbing, pulling, scratching, holding and fouling him on nearly every trip down the floor.
He knew he only had to convince one coach to give him a scholarship and Morrill did, and Morrill and Carroll are definitely glad he did.
Now Carroll needs to convince just one NBA team to select him in one of the two rounds or offer him a free-agent contract. If they do, Carroll will surely make the best of it.
If not, some team in Europe will be licking its chops to get a player like Carroll. Those teams were happy to take players like Spencer Nelson, Nate Harris and Cass Mathues, and they surely will take another in Carroll.

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