LOGAN Utah State's Jaycee Carroll has been named the Western Athletic Conference player of the week it was announced by the league office on Monday.
It is the first time this year and fourth time in his career Carroll has been named WAC player of the week. Carroll is the second Aggie this year to be honored by the league as senior forward Stephen DuCharme was likewise honored on Nov. 26. Overall, it is the sixth time that a Utah State player has received the weekly honor from the league office in the past three years.
Carroll, a 6-foot-2 All-American guard from Evanston, Wyo., was named the most valuable player of the 2007 Gossner Classic as he led Utah State to the tournament championship with an 87-65 win against Utah Valley and a 78-62 win against Northern Arizona.
Against Utah Valley, Carroll scored a season-high 32 points to go along with six rebounds, as he was 11-of-16 from the field, 6-of-9 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
He also moved over the 2,000-point plateau and into second-place on USU's all-time scoring list against the Wolverines. Twenty-four hours later, Carroll scored a season-high 33 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals against Northern Arizona, as he was 12-of-15 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Carroll, who set a new tournament record with 65 points, averaged 32.5 points and 5.5 rebounds during the two-day event, while shooting 74.2 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from 3-point range. He was also a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.
On the season, Carroll is averaging 21.8 points and 5.9 rebounds and is shooting 53.6 percent from the field, 51.6 percent from 3-point range and 94.5 percent from the free throw line. Thus far this year, he has scored in double-figures in all 14 Utah State games, and has nine 20-point games and three 30-point games. Overall, he ranks first in the WAC in scoring, first in free throw shooting and first in three-point shooting, and is seventh in overall shooting. Nationally, he ranks second in free throw shooting, 11th in three-point shooting and tied for 18th in scoring.
Utah State, which is 9-5 on the season and winners of four straight games, returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.