FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State men’s basketball head coach Larry Eustachy announced Wednesday that Rams guard Jesse Carr has re-injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for a second time in just more than 12 months, prematurely ending the senior’s collegiate career.
“This is just a devastating injury,” said Eustachy. “Jesse worked harder than anyone to get healthy and get back on the court. This is going to be an extremely tough time for him, but our coaching staff and the entire program are behind him.”
Carr initially injured the knee on his 23rd birthday, Sept. 20, 2012, just a few weeks before the start of what would have been his redshirt senior campaign. He rehabbed throughout the 2012-13 season, and was granted a sixth year eligibility by the NCAA on May 2, 2013. The knee was re-injured Monday morning during the Rams’ second official practice of the 2013-14 season.
“Since this is all new I don't exactly know what my plan is going forward,” said Carr. “I do know that while I am here I want to help the team and coaches in any way possible. I also realize how lucky I am to have received the education that I did, and even luckier to have been around the people that I've been around here at CSU. It has been a rollercoaster-like experience but I wouldn't trade it for anything.”
A native of Ainsworth, Neb., Carr was one of the first recruits to play a major role in the Rams’ rebuilding process under former head coach Tim Miles. He battled major injuries on two occasions during his collegiate career with the Rams, but was extremely productive on the court both as a true freshman in 2008-09, and during the Rams’ run to the NCAA tournament as a redshirt junior in 2011-12.
He burst onto the scene during his freshman season, playing in 25 games with 18 starts, averaging 8.8 points per game and recording 63 assists on the year. He missed the final six games of the season due to a strained groin. The injury persisted into the 2009-10 campaign, and Carr appeared in just four contests for the Rams before being granted a medical hardship waiver.
As a redshirt sophomore, Carr returned to the court in 2010-11, averaging 4.2 points per game while collecting 52 assists and 20 steals and helping the Rams to a postseason bid in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.
Carr’s health continued to improve during the offseason leading up to his junior campaign, and he played a major role in the Rams’ run to the 2012 NCAA tournament. Starting five contests throughout the year, he recorded a team-leading 2.7 assists per contest, while scoring 7.2 points per game to go along with 3.3 rebounds per contest. In addition, Carr ranked second on the team shooting 43.1 percent from three-point range.
For his career, Carr appeared in 93 games in the green and gold, notching 23 starts and racking up 598 points, 218 rebounds and 204 assists, while shooting 44.3 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from long range, and 71.2 percent from the free-throw line.
He has been a major part of one of the most successful eras in Colorado State basketball history, as the Rams entered what would have been his final season in search of a fifth consecutive postseason berth in 2013-14.
In addition to his prowess on the court, Carr was a model student-athlete in the classroom. He was a three-time Mountain West Academic All-Conference honoree, and in 2012 was selected as the Merrill-Gheen Award winner, given annually by the CSU Department of Athletics to the university’s most outstanding male scholar-athlete.
Carr, who has earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and corporate finance, is expected to remain with the program through December.