Jeffrey Carroll Unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 First Team Selection

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Written by Kyle Boone

Oklahoma State senior sharpshooter Jeff Carroll was one of three players unanimously named by league’s coaches to the Preseason All-Big 12 First Team released on Thursday, along with KU’s Devonte’ Graham and West Virginia’s Jevon Carter.

Carroll jumped from 8.2 points to 17.5 points per game between his sophomore and junior season at OSU, earning him All-Big 12 second team honors in 2016-17. Now with leading scorer Jawun Evans pursuing his NBA career with the Clippers, Carroll is expected to be the leading scorer in Mike Boynton’s inaugural season.

Carroll averaged 17.2 points while shooting a red-hot 44.4 percent from 3-point range, which ranked third-best in the league last season. But he wasn’t simply a one-dimensional player, either. He also ranked eighth in the Big 12 in rebounds per game with 6.6, putting him in elite company of Georges Niang, Jordan Hamilton and Kevin Durant among former Big 12 players who ranked among the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and 3-point percentage in the same season.

Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
Player School Position PPG
Devonte’ Graham Kansas PG 13.4
Jeff Carroll Oklahoma State G/F 17.5
Vladimir Brodziansky TCU F 14.1
Zach Smith Texas Tech F 12.1
Jevon Carter West Virginia PG 13.5

 

  • Kylon

    Nice to give him this accolade before he’s declared ineligible.

    • David

      Someone had to say it… bad times approaching 🙁

    • zachattachone

      He tweeted “Bag Year” in response to the news this morning. I think he would have a pretty good idea by now if he was going to be declared ineligible because every recorded communication he’s had with the school is about to be disclosed. If he’s still confident, I think he’s probably fine.

      • Matt Belanger

        Also did he do anything wrong? From my understanding he was steered towards a certain agent and clothing deal, he never actually took money or broke NCAA rules.

        • Kylon

          I gaurentee every athlete at osu sits through a boring meeting once a year that explains the NCAA rules. He knew he was breaking the rules doesn’t matter if a coach was helping him. He’s an adult who knows right from wrong, esp with an issue this simple. Cue “HEZ JUST A KID HE DINDO NUFFIN!!!”

          • Matt Belanger

            I’m asking what NCAA rules he broke.

  • Blake

    I hate how everyone is just locked into the idea that the whole basketball program is bad and “dark years are coming”. Jeff Carroll has played his butt off for this University and has earned every accolade he receives. Mike Boynton has said and done all the right things besides trusting in someone who let him down, (Evans). Maybe Jeff will be ineligible, maybe Boynton will be let go. But those are just assumptions, I will continue to support them until I hear something contradictory. Looking forward to Homecoming this weekend, including Hoco and Hoops, Go Pokes

    • Iceman

      I think it’s less what people actually think happened and more what people feel about the NCAA. You gotta think they’re pissed that the FBI had to go and clean up their sport. If the NCAA can find even a sliver of suggestive evidence I think most people feel they will start hanging people. And they might not be wrong to think that. The NCAA is secretly run by Roger Goodell and Roger Goodall loves to make an example of people even if they don’t deserve it. I mean they’re liable to just ban OSU from postseason play for a year just because it happened here. They could very easily just conclude that Boynton should have known about it and that it doesn’t even matter if he did or not and that he needs to be penalized for it. I don’t agree with it but the NCAA can do whatever they want. I don’t think it’ll be as bad as a lot of people keep saying but I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet either.

      • Blake

        That’s the other thing, I could be wrong but it looked as if all of the violations occurred when Brad Underwood was the Head Coach not Mike Boynton. And one year post season ban would stink, but I would consider that dark times, just an exaggerated penalty.

        • Iceman

          That might be fair (and if it is I hope Underwood feels it) but I don’t trust the NCAA enough to distinguish between people especially when you start saying they all come from the same school and have coached together for multiple years. Not that that actually means anything but it just doesn’t smell very good either. A post season ban is cool in my book cuz I doubt we make it their either way.