(Editor’s note: Carroll College media release)
HELENA – Carroll College men’s basketball coach Kurt Paulson and track and field coach Harry Clark announced the signing of standout point guard and triple jumper Shamrock Campbell from Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington.
Campbell was a four-year starter in basketball and a four-year letterman in track and field where he won the Washington 4A Triple Jump Championship.
“Carroll basketball gained a unique player with the commitment of Shamrock Campbell,” Paulson said. “He brings a competitive spirit and athleticism that will be a dominant combination for the Saints.”
Campbell is a Greater Spokane League First-Team selection for both his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 17 points and six rebounds and four assists per game during his senior year.
“He can run the team, can also shoot the deep 3, and his pull-up jumper is as good as any recruit I have been involved with in my 14 years in college basketball,” Paulson said. “His athleticism at the point guard position will most definitely cause problems for people on the defensive side of the game. He is a state champion triple jumper and a winner. He is a program-changer for us. His commitment is very significant for the program’s success for years to come.”
Campbell is a spectacular basketball player, but is also an elite track athlete. He is a five-time state medalist and his state-championship triple jump of 48 feet, 3 inches would have placed seventh at the NAIA Outdoor National Championship. For the first time, Clark recruited an athlete that has a better triple jump in high school than his own former Montana all-class state record.
“We are excited to continue our great tradition of dual-sport athletes with Shamrock. His mid-22-foot long jump and 48-foot triple jump are marks that will put him in the national conversation immediately,” Clark said. “An athlete that can hit those marks are not a dime a dozen. He is special and we cannot wait to see what he can do here at Carroll on the track and on the basketball floor.”
Academically, Campbell carries a 3.5 GPA and was an A.P. Scholar.
Campbell has an athletic pedigree. His mother, Dewi, ran track and field and cross country for Southern Oregon and his dad, Kevin, wrestled for the Raiders. Campbell’s cousin, Alex Pfannenstiel, played football for the Saints and is currently the Carroll tight end coach.
He joins Montana Gatorade Player of the Year Sam Beighle and Finnish National Team player Eetu Villa on the 2018 basketball recruiting class to date.