Tori Foster, Sports Editor
Chris Carrawell is a retired American professional basketball player.
Carrawell was born on Nov. 25, 1977 in St. Louis. He grew up in a rough inner-city neighborhood with his mother and attended Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School.
Carrawell played as a 6’6 forward and a guard in basketball. He played among future National Basketball Association players Loren Woods and Jahidi White. Woods and White were from St. Louis too. Woods played center for Minnesota Timberwolves, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, and Houston Rockets for his six years in the league from 2001-08. White was a center and power forward for the Washington Wizards, Phoenix Suns, and Charlotte Bobcats. White played for eight seasons in the NBA from 1998-2005.
From Carrawell’s freshman year to senior he played on varsity all four years. He led his team 80-13 record which included a three-year undefeated streak at home. Carrawell was selected by USA Today as one of the Top 40 All Americans going into his junior season. At that point he was averaging 20.6 points per game when Cardinal Ritter won the state’s Class AA championship. In Carrawell’s senior year of high school, he made sure the team defended its state title. He led the team again averaging 17 points and eight rebounds per game. Carrawell was named Conference Player of the Year twice, earned Central Region honors as Gatorade Player of the Year, and was a fourth team Parade All-American. Back then Carrawell set the school’s career record for points, rebounds, and assists. It is unknown who holds the school record currently.
After high school, Carrawell enrolled in Duke University in 1996. Throughout his college basketball career as a forward, he averaged 10.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 136 games.
In his career he won the following awards:
1996-97 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman, 1998 All-ACC Tournament- second team, 1998-99 All-ACC- third team, 1999-00 ACC All-Defense, 1999-00 ACC Player of the Year, 1999-00 All ACC-first team, 1999-00 Consensus All-American-first team, and 2000 All-ACC Tournament-first team.
As a player at Duke, Carrawell was a two-time All-ACC selection. He is tied for 32nd on the all-time scoring list at Duke with 1,455 career points and ranked 15th in school history with 0.8 blocks per game and tied for eighth with 116 overall wins. Duke dominated the ACC during Carrawell’s career, as his 66 conference victories are the second-most by a Blue Devil.
With the second-round 12 pick of the 2000 draft pick by the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, Chris Carrawell played overseas after graduating from Duke. His last game was in Holland in 2007 where his team finished second after losing in the championship finals.
After Carrawell’s NBA career, he spent four years at Duke in various administrative roles.
Prior to working with the Armor, Carrawell served in a variety of roles at his alma mater’s men’s basketball team. He was the assistant video coordinator and assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2010-11 and graduate assistant and lead team manager from 2008-10, after being hired in 2007-08 as the Duke Athletics outreach coordinator. He also briefly worked with the Duke women’s basketball team before his departure to pro coaching.
The native of St. Louis, Carrawell arrived at Marquette after serving three years as an assistant coach with the Springfield Armor, an affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, of the NBA Development League. He worked under Bob MacKinnon the first two seasons before Doug Overton took over the squad in 2013-14.
Eventually Carrawell rejoined the Blue Devils as an assistant coach at Marquette University under his Duke teammate Steve Wojciechowski.
In his first year on the staff, Duke went 32-6, reached the Elite Eight and claimed the program’s 21st ACC Tournament title. Among the nation’s highest scoring teams, the Blue Devils were led by consensus first-team All-Americans Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, who among their many accomplishments, became the first freshman teammates in NCAA history to each average 20+ points for a season.
Carrawell has served on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff since March 2018, when he returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach.
With Carrawell on the squad, Duke won a pair of ACC Tournament titles and reached the 1999 Final Four by tying a school record for wins (37-2).
Currently, Carrawell is married to his wife Keisha and is the father of two boys, Caleb and Christian.