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January 27, 2014

Carroll carries on

Fairview’s lone senior has made significant strides

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“Every day at practice you have to give everything you have, and people see that,” he said. “And you have to bring it every day.”
Carroll’s play indicates he has, indeed, brought it this season.
Through the Eagles’ first 12 games, he averaged 19.5 points and 5.2 rebounds a contest and hit 51.5 percent of his field goals, 75 percent of his charity tosses and 43.1 percent of his 3-point tries.
“He’s developed himself into an offensive threat,” Cooksey said. “He’s an exceptional mid-range shooter. (And) I think, because he’s gotten stronger in the offseason, it’s enabled him to drive to the basket more and take that contact.”
Those two aspects of his offensive game — pull-up jumpers and getting to the rack — complement each other, Carroll said.
“The last four years he’s probably developed as much as any kid I’ve ever had,” Cooksey said. “He was on a freshman team that I think won one or two games, and he just spends countless hours in here. He enjoys the game, he conditions and works out on his own, and that’s what it takes to be a complete player.”
Carroll concurred that turning himself into a scoring threat has required “a lot of hard work, a lot of putting up extra shots, a lot of lifting, a lot of just going hard every day.”
That has resulted in Carroll, who was Fairview’s third-leading scorer last season with 9.3 points an outing, becoming the Eagles’ top offensive option.
“The kids know that when we get into those situations where we’ve gotta have a basket throughout the course of the game or if it gets down to the end of the game ... he’s gonna definitely be one of the guys who’s gonna get a lot of the touches and looks,” Cooksey said.

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