Atlanta Hawks Player Preview: DeMarre Carroll
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Born Date: 7/27/1986
True Position: Small Forward (3)
411: DeMarre Carroll is nicknamed “Junkyard Dog” for his hustle mentality and the fight he displays even when the odds are against him. The son of a preacher, DeMarre is a well rounded individual, having incredible faith and sound moral values. DeMarre’s uncle is Mike Anderson, basketball head coach at Arkansas, who DeMarre played for while at Missouri. It was also at Missouri where DeMarre was diagnosed with a liver disease that could possibly require a liver transplant down the road, most likely after his playing career. Listen to my interview with DeMarre as he discusses his liver concerns, playing for his uncle as well as his role on this Atlanta Hawks team.
Basketball Background: DeMarre is somewhat of a basketball legend in Alabama after leading John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham to a 67-3 record along with back-to-back Class 6A state championships in his junior and senior seasons, being named 2004 Alabama Class 6A State Tournament MVP. While playing high school basketball in Alabama, DeMarre earned first team All-State, All-Area, All-Region, All-District and All-Metro honors as a junior and senior. He would spend his first two collegiate years at Vanderbilt before transferring to Missouri to play under his uncle, Mike Anderson, who at the time was head basketball coach of the Tigers. It was during his days at Missouri where DeMarre earned the nickname “Junkyard Dog” for his hustle and fight. As a senior in 2009, DeMarre averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game earning him first team All-Big 12, Academic All-Big 12 Team and the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament MVP while leading Missouri to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Despite possible health issues, DeMarre was drafted in the first round of the 2009 draft by the Memphis a Grizzlies. He saw very little minutes as a Maverick while also spending time with the Mavs D-League affiliate, the Dakota Wizards before being traded to the Houston Rockets along with Hasheem Thabeet for Shane Battier. DeMarre was waived later that season by the Rockets and was picked up by the Denver Nuggets the next season. He appeared in 4 games with the Nuggets before being waived and joining the Utah Jazz. As a member of the Jazz, DeMarre played his most minutes, just over 16 minutes per game, and thus having his most productive seasons in his 5 seasons in the league. On August 3, 2013, DeMarre signed with the Atlanta Hawks. He is wearing the number 5 which represents 5 teams in 5 seasons as he hopes to make Atlanta a mainstay.
Expectations: DeMarre brings great defensive intensity and work ethic to coach Bud’s system. He’s a glue guy. Scrappy, decent mid-range shooter who doesn’t mind getting his nose dirty when it comes to grabbing a few rebounds from the small forward position. He’s a good one on one defender and if there is a turnover, he’s a good player when filling the lanes on fast breaks. He may battle for minutes with second year player Mike Scott and veteran Kyle Korver, but expect his minutes to be more substantial as he is expected to be a contributor on this Hawks team.
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