Sept. 16, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Former Utah State basketball player Jaycee Carroll was named the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah State Chapter Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year, as selected by the MS Society selection committee. Carroll was honored at the 30th Annual MS Dinner of Champions on Sept. 10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Carroll was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press this past season after leading the Aggies to a 24-11 record and its first-ever Western Athletic Conference regular season championship as USU finished with a 12-4 league mark. He also led USU to its ninth straight 23-win season and ninth straight postseason appearance as Utah State played in the National Invitation Tournament.
Carroll, who was named the WAC's Player of the Year in 2008, finished his senior season leading the nation in three-point shooting at 49.8 percent. He was also second in the nation in free throw shooting (91.9) and 13th in scoring (22.4).
For his career, Carroll ranks fourth all-time in NCAA history in three-point shooting at 46.5 percent, is 12th in three-pointers made with 369, and 52nd in scoring with 2,522 points. He also holds 10 school records at Utah State, including being USU's all-time leading scorer.
"This is a tremendous honor for a very deserving student-athlete," said Utah State head basketball coach Stew Morrill. "As Jaycee has a chance to reflect on past recipients he will gain an even greater appreciation for the significance of this award."
Carroll graduated from Utah State this past spring with a bachelor's degree in Spanish and is currently playing professionally oversees in Italy for Siviglia Wear Teramo
Carroll is the seventh Aggie to be honored by the National MS Society in the past 15 years. Morrill was named the Sportsperson of the Year in 2000, as was former basketball coach Larry Eustachy in 1998 and former football coach Charlie Weatherbie in 1994. Former basketball greats Tony Brown, Spencer Nelson and Nate Harris were also named the Collegiate Male Athletes of the Year in 2002, 2004 and 2006, respectively, while former Aggie golfer Jay Don Blake was named the Utah Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year in 1980, as well as being named the Professional of the Year in 1989.
Utah State has also had two teams honored by the MS Society as the 1978 volleyball team and the 1980 softball teams were both named Utah's Team of the Year after winning national championships.
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