|| Mark McCarroll
Named the team's Most Improved Player in 2003-04, Mark McCarroll is a versatile player who passes well, displays terrific athletic ability, superb jumping ability and quickness and can run the floor extremely well. At 6-10 inches tall, McCarroll plays outside on offense and can knock down 3-pointers. He is a quick and agile defender who can play in the post or on the perimeter. Look for McCarroll to have a superb senior season and challenge for a starting role in 2004-05. The 2003-04 season proved to be a breakout year for McCarroll who contributed and provided a spark off the bench as Pittsburgh's sixth man. In one contest vs. Georgia, he scored 26 points on 11 of 12 field goal shooting, just two shy points of the previous season's total. That Georgia contest provided fans a glimpse of the impact McCarroll can make on a basketball court. Look for McCarroll to make his mark in 2004-05.
Has seen action in 88 games with three career starts...Has played in 1,023 minutes over four seasons...Made first career start vs. Murray State, 12/20/03...Career averages include 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
Averaged 16.1 minutes per game off the bench as Pittsburgh's sixth man...Made three starts and appeared in all 36 games on season...Concluded season with 5.5 points and 2.8 rebounds per game averages...Named Team's Most Improved Player at annual awards banquet...Played 10-plus minutes in 34 of the season's 36 games...Averaged 6.7 points (8-19 FG), 4.0 rebounds and 17.3 minutes per game in Pittsburgh's three Big East Championship games...Pulled down five rebounds and scored four points in NCAA Tournament's "Sweet Sixteen" action vs. Oklahoma State, 3/25...Scored six points (3-7 FG) in 17 minutes in NCAA Tournament Second Round game vs. Wisconsin, 3/21...Scored 11 points (5-10 FG) with six rebounds in 20 minutes in Big East Championship title game vs. Connecticut, 3/13...Finished with seven points and five rebounds in 24 minutes vs. Syracuse, 2/29...Played a near career-high 27 minutes at West Virginia, 2/21...Scored 15 points (5-7 FG), hit 4-6 free throws and pulled down four rebounds vs. Connecticut, 2/15...Contributed four points, three rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes at Seton Hall, 2/9...Finished with eight points (4-5 FG) and highlight reel touch pass in 13 minutes vs. St. John's, 2/4...Scored 15 points (6-10 FG) and nailed a career-high two 3-pointers in 18 minutes off the bench at Syracuse, 1/24. His back-to-back 3-pointers helped seal the game...Hit free throw to seal the victory in a double overtime win at Miami, 1/10...Registered career-high three blocked shots and five rebounds vs. William & Mary, 1/3...Reached double figures in two consecutive games for the first time in his career (14 vs. Murray State, 12/20 and 13 vs. Florida State, 12/22)...Over a four game stretch from 12/20-12/30, scored 53 points (13.3 average), shot 75.8 percent (22-29) from the floor and converted 4-6 3-point field goals...Scored career-high 26 points on a career-high 11-12 shooting night (2-3 3FG) and added three rebounds vs. Georgia, 12/30. Also hit his first 10 field goal attempts to challenge the school's game record for field goal percentage (11-11, Brian Shorter) but missed a 3-pointer on his 11th attempt. The 26 points were the most scored by a Panthers non-starter since Chevon Troutman scored 23 vs. Syracuse in 2003...Scored 13 points (5-7 FG) in 24 minutes vs. Florida State, 12/22...Made first career start, scored 14 points (6-7 FG) and pulled down five rebounds vs. Murray State, 12/20...Grabbed five rebounds vs. Robert Morris, 11/26.
Played in 19-of-33 games on the season (123 minutes)...Averaged 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game...Played 10+ minutes on five different occasions...Hit 3-pointer in seven minutes in NCAA Tournament First Round vs. Wagner, 3/21...Played eight minutes vs. Providence in Big East Championship quarterfinal, 3/13...Pulled down three rebounds in eight minutes vs. West Virginia, 2/12...Scored four points and grabbed seven rebounds vs. Robert Morris, 1/4...Pulled down career-high tying eight rebounds vs. Southeastern Louisiana, 12/14...Scored four points and grabbed four rebounds vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 11/30.
Played in 32 of the season's 35 games during his first full active season...provided quality relief minutes for the Panthers...Saw action in his first NCAA Tournament when he came off the bench in wins over Central Connecticut State and California...Played in his first Big East Championship with two rebounds in four minutes of action vs. Boston College in the 76-62 quarterfinal victory...Scored seven points in 13 minutes in the win over West Virginia in the final regular-season game (3/2)...Hit all three of his shots from the field vs. the Mountaineers...Also added two assists...Scored eight points in just 10 minutes of action at Rutgers, 1/8...Scored six points off his only two 3-point attempts vs. St. Francis (N.Y.)...Grabbed six rebounds and had six points vs. Rhode Island...Posted career highs in 24 minutes of play against Savannah State with 10 points and eight rebounds...Had a then season-high nine points and two blocks in the win over Morgan State...Dropped in six points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Robert Morris.
Received a medical redshirt due to a chronic knee injury...Played in just one contest, the season-opener vs. North Carolina A&T...Scored three points and pulled down five rebounds in 10 minutes of play.
PRIOR TO PITTSBURGH
Averaged 12.5 points and 8.5 rebounds at Milford (Conn.) Academy during the 1999-2000 season.
A 1999 graduate of Christ the King High School in New York City, where he was coached by Bob Riggio and Bob Oliva...Averaged 11.4 points and 5.7 rebounds as a senior...Named a New York Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) second team All-Star and an honorable mention selection on the New York Daily News/MSG Network Tri-State Team...Led Christ the King to the CHSAA finals in 1999, scoring a team-high 22 points in the title game...The Royals ended the season 25-2 and held a No. 3 national ranking in USA Today, losing only to No. 1 Oak Hill (Va.) Academy during the regular season and No. 2 Rice (N.Y.) High in the CHSAA final...At the conclusion of his senior season, scored 14 points in leading the New York squad to a 105-87 victory over a Chicago All-Star team in the Windy City/Big Apple Classic...Represented the United States on a Junior National select team in Leon, Spain during the summer of 2000...Won a gold medal as a member of the New York City entry at the Empire State Games.
Born Mark Kevin McCarroll on October 20, 1980 in Jamaica, N.Y....Son of Mark McCarroll and grandson of Marion McCarroll...Earned his degree in Administration of Justice.