Dec. 26, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Two days after earning Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors, Utah State's Jaycee Carroll received more recognition as he was named the National Player of the Week by ESPN's Dick Vitale.
It is the second time in as many years that Carroll has been named National Player of the Week by Vitale, as the senior All-American guard also received the honor following a career-high 44 point performance against New Mexico State on Feb. 5, 2007, when he was 12-of-16 from the field, 5-of-7 from three-point range and 15-of-15 from the free throw line.
Carroll, a 6-2 guard from Evanston, Wyo., (Evanston HS) was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Gossner Classic last week as he led Utah State to its 13th-straight tournament championship with wins against Utah Valley (87-65) and Northern Arizona (78-62).
Against Utah Valley, Carroll scored a season-high 32 points to go along with six rebounds, as he was 11-of-16 from the field, 6-of-9 from three-point range and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. He also moved over the 2,000-point plateau and into second-place on USU's all-time scoring list against the Wolverines. Twenty-four hours later, Carroll scored a season-high 33 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals against Northern Arizona, as he was 12-of-15 from the field, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Carroll, who set a new tournament record with 65 points, averaged 32.5 points and 5.5 rebounds during the two-day event, while shooting an unbelievable 74.2 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from three-point range. He was also a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
On the season, Carroll is averaging 21.8 points and 5.9 rebounds and is shooting 53.6 percent from the field, 51.6 percent from three-point range and 94.5 percent from the free throw line. Thus far this year, he has scored in double-figures in all 14 Utah State games, and has nine 20-point games and three 30-point games. Overall, he ranks first in the WAC in scoring, first in free throw shooting and first in three-point shooting, and is seventh in overall shooting. Nationally, he ranks second in free throw shooting, 11th in three-point shooting and is tied for 18th in scoring.
Utah State, who is 9-5 on the season and winners of four straight games, returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 29 when it hosts Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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