After a bit of turmoil surrounding the program sent Brad Underwood searching for a new position, many questioned the future of Oklahoma State Basketball. However, a sigh of relieve was breathed by the fanbase when Jeffrey Carroll announced his intentions to return. A second team all-conference selection, Carroll made it known he would test the “NBA waters” following the 2016-2017 season.
“Two weeks ago I decided to take another step toward my childhood dream and test the waters of the NBA Draft. To say the least, I was overwhelmed by the support of the Oklahoma State family that day. It’s been two weeks of soul-searching on my part, and through it all I kept coming back to one conclusion – we have unfinished business in Stillwater. Me and my brothers in that locker room have lofty goals and I want to be there to help lead us to those goals. I’m excited to announce that I will be returning for my senior season and I can’t wait to get Gallagher-Iba Arena rocking again.”
Last year, the junior guard averaged 29.1 minutes of playing time. During the time allotted on the court, Carroll 17.5 points behind 44.4% shooting from beyond the three point line. Yet, the Cowboys is more than just a scorer pulling down 6.6 rebounds per outing. With the decision to return, Oklahoma State now has a center piece to lean on.