BTN LiveBIG: Art brings Carroll back to Purdue

Next Saturday at halftime, Joe Barry Carroll’s work on the basketball court will be honored by the Boilermakers as they play host to rival Indiana. His work off the court – as an artist – has recently taken center stage on campus.

Carroll was one of the best players to wear a Boilermaker uniform, earning first team All-America honors after the 1979-80 season. He was the number one overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, and spent 10 years in the league before hanging up his hi-tops.

Now, Carroll’s creating work in a studio that will last much longer than his playing career.

On Thursday, Feb. 13, Carroll will be at the Black Cultural Center on campus in West Lafayette, Ind., meeting with elementary and high school students to discuss his book and artwork, and will sign copies of his book, Growing Up . . . In Words and Images, on Friday afternoon. Proceeds from the book and artwork will benefit the Purdue Black Cultural Center, John Purdue Club and Georgia Innocence Project.

Here’s a look at some of his artwork that is on display at the Black Cultural Center right now.

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