Ex-NBA center to open art gallery on university campus


joe-barry-carroll-phoenixFormer NBA basketball player and Purdue alumni Joe Barry Carroll will be opening an art gallery on Purdue’s campus, WLFI reported.

On Tuesday, Carroll began organizing more than 30 pieces of art work at the Purdue Black Cultural Center.

Carroll said the artwork goes along with his book “Growing up in Words and Images.” He said the artwork reflects his life.

“I try to be careful to make it all relate because all of our stories are similar. To make it inclusive, so we have all these shared experiences,” said Carroll.

The gallery will open Jan. 5 to kick off Black History Month and will be free to attend. Coming up on Feb. 14 at the Black Cultural Center, Carroll will hold a book signing.

He will also be honored at the men’s basketball game the following day on Feb. 15.

Carroll was drafted by the Golden State Warriors back in 1980, and the 7 foot center turned out to be anything but a bust. He averaged 18.9 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 1.5 bpg in his rookie season.

Carroll averaged career high 24.1 ppg and 2.0 bpg for the Warriors during the 1982-1983 season. He continued averaging over 20 ppg up until 1986-1987 season, during which he was chosen for the NBA All-Star team.

He appeared in 705 NBA games, averaging 17.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 1.6 bpg in 32.4 minutes on the court.

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