Posted by: Lowery Johnson on February 8th, 2012The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
Wednesday afternoon the Utah Jazz announced via Twitter the agreement of contract terms with small forward DeMarre Carroll.
Who is the newest member of the Utah Jazz?
Comming out of the University of Missouri, DeMarre “Junkyard Dog” Carroll was a first round pick (overall 27th) for the Memphise Grizzlies in 2009. In his last year of college ball, Carroll was shooting 36% from the three (with not many three point shots attempted per game) and 56% from the field. As a senior he averaged 16.6 points and 7.2 boards in 28 minutes over 38 games played.
Currently, Carroll’s NBA statistics don’t show much having only played 87 NBA games since being drafted in 2009. Carroll has spent a lot of time bouncing around team to team with little opportunity to prove what he can do in the league. From the Grizzlies, he was sent down to the D-League, then involved in a trade with the Rockets. From the Rockets Carroll was later waived. He ended up with the Nuggets during training camp. Shortly after the season began with the Nuggets Carroll was again waived.
Before the draft, concerns about Carroll’s health were raised. Carroll has liver disease that may require a transplant several years down the road. He also had surgery on a gunshot wound to the ankle following a dispute at a night club in Missouri. Carroll reassured NBA teams he would not let these issues affect his career. He requires little treatment for his liver condition and seemed pretty positive about his NBA potential in an article in the New York Times. Despite health rumors, DeMarre was praised for his toughness and versatility, two things that probably led to his first round selection.
What do you think of this new addition? What role will Carroll best fit on the Jazz roster?
Follow DeMarre on Twitter: @DeMarreCarroll1
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