The other day, I was doing something I rarely do - watching SportsCenter
. (I'm more of an ESPNews
guy.) They were coming in from a commercial break, and they showed a 30-second quick-cut highlight reel of all the Heisman Trophy candidates, set to hot and funky urban beats. There was a repeated loop sung by one of those "hook girls"... it went something like, "You know you got the power!"
And that's when it hit me. The Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week Award needs a theme song.
I'd do it myself, but my musical career is over... the scorn and humiliation I received after my double-A-side dance single "Sexy Robot" and "Dance Animal" flopped was too much to bear. (I made them with Apple's GarageBand
, and I think you can still find them in MP3 format on Soulseek.) So I had an idea. If you love The Mid-Majority, and the MMBOW as well, please consider visiting Songs To Wear Pants To
- this is a fine website run by a very talented Canadian musician who will create a song 'specially for you in return for a few bucks. All I ask is that you have him use "Mmmm-bow" either in the lyrics or as a Bobby McFerrin-esque rhythm element somewhere in the song. I think that might sound cool, don't you think so?
Alright, on to this week's MMBOW. The fourth weekly installment of this prestigious honor goes to 6-2 freshman shooting guard Jaycee Carroll
of Utah State
, who alongside Big West player of the week Nate Harris
helped USU beat up on two Mountain West representatives. The 2004-05 Blue Ribbon Yearbook
says that "he is likely a year away from contributing," but Jaycee was instrumental in whippings of BYU
(13 points, 11 rebounds) and Utah
(18 points on 6-for-8 shooting). His defining moment came when he scored seven straight points in the Aggies' mid-second half run that salted away the Utes for good.
Wyoming native Carroll, who chose Utah State despite overtures from Wyoming
coach Steve McClain, is a 21-year-old true freshman. Yes, you read that right... but we're in Utah, remember? He's coming off a two-year Church of Latter Day Saints mission to Chile, so his maturity and readiness to step into an important starting role for the Big West co-favorites should not be in question. The two upcoming conference clashes between his Aggies and the Pacific
Tigers just may well be the most exciting games in the mid-major world this season.
He's averaging 13 points and 4.7 rebounds in 27.3 minutes a game after just six college contests. "Jaycee Carroll has definitely been the biggest surprise on the team this year," USU assistant coach Don Verlin says
. "His work ethic and explosiveness have been tremendous for our basketball team."
According to his school's website
, Jaycee is a two-time state Player of the Year (in 2001 and 2002), once scored 56 in a game, and is the son of a basketball coach. A fine runner and golfer as well, he earned 11 varsity letters in high school back home in Evanston, Wyoming. So congratulations, cowboy, you've just made Mid-Majority Baller Of The Week.