DeMarre Carroll is an American Professional Basketball Player, playing as the small forward for the Houston Rockets. DeMarre first gained attention on the court during high school, while he attended John Carroll Catholic High in Birmingham, Alabama ; leading the Cavaliers to a back to back Alabama Class 6A State Tiles. In his final two seasons at John Carroll, Demarre guided his team to a combined 67-3 record and was the recipient of first team All-State, All-Area, All-Region, All-District and All-Metro. He has also played for the Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, and Brooklyn Nets.
DeMarre’s high school success quickly carried over to Vanderbilt, where he had a FG% of .500 and .511 in his first two seasons with Commodores. After his sophomore season, DeMarre transferred to Missouri to play for his Uncle Mike Anderson. He picked up right where he left off at Vanderbilt and led the Tigers to the Elite Eight in the 2009 NCAA Men’s basketball Tournament.
DeMarre was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. During his rookie Season with the Grizzlies, DeMarre appeared in 71 games and averaged over 11 minutes per game to go along with 209 points for the season. DeMarre was acquired by the Utah Jazz following, and quickly became a fan favourite in the area of toughness, versatility and overall hustle day in and day out which led to his nick name “Junk Yard Dog”. DeMarre appeared in 66 games for the Jazz in the 2012-2013 NBA season, averaging over 16.8 minutes per contest and providing the team with tremendous resiliency.
DeMarre signed with the Atlanta Hawks during the 2013 NBA off season. DeMarre emerged as a leader on the Hawks team as an every-day starter, while posting career high in points, rebounds, and steals. DeMarre averaged 9.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game with the Hawks that season. Carroll became the reliable starter that specialized in defense for the Hawks.
In the 2015 NBA off season, DeMarre signed with the Toronto Raptors. During his time in Toronto, he was a great asset to the team with his strong defensive presence and through the community work within the Great Toronto Area. His community work during his time in Toronto with The Carroll Family Foundation was recognized with awards by the City of Toronto (via Mayor John Tory & Councillor Norm Kelly) and Mayor Bonnie Crombie of Mississauga.
In summer 2017, DeMarre joined the Brooklyn Nets for two years, then in summer 2019, DeMarre signed with the San Antonio Spurs where he looked to join a growing team. DeMarre has been hard at work and active in the Community with his foundation, The Carroll Family Foundation.
Off the court, DeMarre continues with his charitable efforts with the Carroll Family Foundation and also works on his personal projects.