Aug. 21, 2009
Columbia, Mo. -
DeMarre Carroll, the Junkyard Dog on Missouri's record-breaking 31-win team in 2009, had his high school number (#32) retired in a ceremony at John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, Ala., last weekend. Carroll became the first basketball player in John Carroll history to receive such an honor.
Carroll led the Cavaliers to back-to-back state championships in 2003 and 2004, before eventually coming to Columbia to help Mizzou to its highest win total in school history.
"It was a lot of fun and it was a meaningful experience," Carroll said. "I have so many great memories from my time at John Carroll and there were so many great people there that helped to mold me into the person I am today. The ceremony meant a lot to me and my family."
The 6-foot-8 forward was a two-time all-state pick at JCCHS and was named the MVP of the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game at the completion of his senior season.
A first-round pick of the Memphis Grizzlies in this year's NBA Draft, Carroll led the Missouri to the Elite Eight of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, averaging 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds a contest. The versatile forward also ranked second on the team with 1.55 steals per game and was the Most Valuable Player at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, where he led MU to its first-ever Big 12 crown.
Of course Carroll got the job done off the court as well at Mizzou. A 2008 graduate of Missouri, the Birmingham, Ala., native was named a first team Academic All-Big 12 pick and began his Masters work in Human Development & Family Studies during the 2008-09 season.
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