Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 17.5 PPG 6.6 RPG
Why They Are Here
Last year Jeffrey Carroll was the sidekick to Juwan Evans in Oklahoma State’s high powered offense. This year, he will look to take the drivers seat. Carroll can light up a stat sheet in a number of different ways. His numbers have grown every year at Oklahoma State and signs point to another jump this year. Carroll is a very shifty player and is a match-up nightmare for opposing teams because of his quickness with the ball in his hand. He can also light it up from beyond the arc (.445 3 pt. shooting percentage last year).
Role on This Year’s Team
With the departure of Phil Forte and Juwan Evans, Carroll will take the reigns of an offense that was one of the best in the nation last year. Carroll and the rest of the Cowboys will have to adjust to new head coach Mike Boynton’s less up-tempo style of play but with a shooting guard like Carroll running the offense, that adjustment should be less difficult.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Carroll will likely be drafted next year but what draft pick he’ll be taken with is still a looming question. As of right now, Carroll is likely an early second round pick. However, a strong 2017-2018 season could propel him up the draft boards into a potential first rounder. His game is very well rounded which NBA teams like to see and he has an NBA ready body as well. Carroll’s senior season in Stillwater, Oklahoma will be very closely monitored by teams in need of a do-it-all shooting guard.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.