Jaycee Carroll, if one game is any indication, is going to make some NBA general managers kick themselves for not drafting him.
The all-time leading scorer in Utah State history had some poor showings at a pre-draft camp and slipped off the draft boards for pretty much every team in the league. The New Jersey Nets, however, thought enough of him to invite him to their training camp and gave him a spot on their summer league roster.
Against Orlando Monday night, Carroll showed he can still score points in bunches as he led the Nets with 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting. And, as Aggie fans will surely remember, he showed he’s capable of much more than just putting the ball in the hoop.
The 6-foot-2 shooting guard led the Nets in rebounding with seven and in assists with five.
“We like Jaycee,” Nets coach Lawrence Frank said after the game, an 86-74 New Jersey win in the Orlando summer league. “We were trying to get a late second round pick to get him. We fought very very hard to get him on our team.”
Perhaps most telling for Carroll was New Jersey’s decision to start him — at point guard.
Playing 19 minutes and 22 seconds, Carroll showed his ability to get to the line where he made 8-of-9 free throws. He did committ three turnovers, but the five assists offset that.
Carroll said when chosing to join the Nets’ summer league team he just wants to earn a guaranteed contract for the season to show he belongs. A few more outings like he had on Monday and there may not be much questioning left.
You can follow Carroll and the Nets with live game updates at NJNets.com. Next up is a 1 p.m. game against Miami.