Signature moves: Jaycee Carroll, Real

Mar 25, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print
Signature moves: Jaycee Carroll, Real

When head coach Pablo Laso joined Real Madrid in 2011, one of the first players his team signed was Jaycee Carroll. Almost nine seasons later, Carroll is still a key player for Coach Laso and Real. They have won a lot together, highlighted by Turkish Airlines EuroLeague crowns in 2015 and 2018. Carroll rarely starts and averages under 18 minutes in playing time for his career, but every time he steps on the court, he becomes Real's first option on offense. A career 42.3% three-point and 90.8% free throw shooter, Carroll is a reliable scorer lots of resources on offense, but his catch-and-shoot jumper has always paid high dividends for Real.

It is a simple resource yet a deadly one. First, Carroll has the speed and acceleration to go around screens faster than his defenders. Second, Real sets perfect screens for him, lately using Edy Tavares and Anthony Randolph. Third, Carroll is outstanding at coming off those screens, jumping while the pass is on its way and landing with his feet facing the basket. Taking the shots then becomes almost automatic: Carroll rises as if from a launchpad, with perfect form, and releases the ball instantaneously. He rarely gets his shot blocked, even though the entire defense knows what is coming. Throughout the years, Carroll has added a new weapon to those off-screen situations. If his defender manages to impede that quick shot, Carroll will fake left, take one or two dribbles and finish closer to the basket with a floater.

His shooting touch has turned Carroll into a EuroLeague superstar. No other American has hit more three-point shots (389) in competition history. His 2,315 points make him rank fifth all-time among American scorers, behind only Marcus Brown, Mike Batiste, Kyle Hines and J.R. Holden. No other player with at least 150 games has hit more three-point shots per 40 minutes (3.71) in EuroLeague history. When Real needs points, Coach Laso knows Carroll is his go-to guy. That was never more apparent than in the 2014-15 season, which he started with his career-high, 32 points in 21 minutes, 25 of them before halftime, against Nizhny Novgorod on October 10, 2014. He ended that season scoring 11 points in under 2 minutes of the third quarter as Real pulled away from a 40-41 deficit to a 51-44 lead en route to beating Olympiacos Piraeus 78-59 for the 2015 EuroLeague title, the club's first in 20 years.