It's no question that Nate Wolters was the best player to ever don a Jackrabbit uniform. The numbers speak for themselves, but with Wolters moving on to the NBA, the Jacks needed a player to fill those shoes. Oddly enough that player has been in Brookings for quite some time now.
"I struggle to find words to really say what it's like growing up in Brookings and playing in Brookings but it has been special here," says Carlson. "People here in Brookings are family and I have a lot of passion for this town."
Brayden Carlson became a star in his senior season at Brookings, scoring more than 20 points a game and in his final season at SDSU, Carlson is becoming a star with the Jacks.
Fellow senior Jordan Dykstra say's Carlson has matured a lot as a player and as a leader. "Put in the hard work in the summer, and worked his butt off. It's that hard work ethic that has paid off."
Coach Nagy agrees with Dykstra and says Carlson has grown mostly through hard work and that players know he puts the time in. "If you are going to be a leader, the first thing guys have to trust is that you put the time in, and he has. He's doing some on talent but mostly on hard work."
Brayden's superior work ethic has led him from Walk-on, to role player, to starter.
"A big change in my game is guys and coaches believing in me," Carlson said. "That and the added confidence of being a senior, and knowing it's the last couple games he has left, has given him the confidence to make more plays."
While Brayden has averaged career highs in numerous categories this season and cracked the thousand point club for his career, coach Nagy still wants Brayden to become a complete player.
"What I want him to do is be a better defender and distribute the ball more and be a better defender and he knows their is still things to work on, and he's not patting himself on the back because he has had a few good offensive games"
If that strong work ethic continues you can expect Carlson to become a complete player by the time the Summit League Tournament comes around.