RONNIE CARR MADE COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S FIRST 3-POINT SHOT
COLLEGE BASKETBALL'S "MOST COURAGEOUS" PLAYER
FIRST TEAM ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE (1981 & `82)
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (1980)
LED SOUTHERN CONFERENCE IN SCORING (1982)
Made the first 3-point field goal in college basketball history on Nov. 29, 1980 versus Middle Tennessee State, a game Western won 77-70. The ball he used is on display at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The shot was made from the left corner with 16:09 left in the first half (7:06 pm). Carr actually took and missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the 18:15 mark of the first half.
Recipient of the "Most Courageous Athlete Award" given annually by the United States Basketball Writer's Association. After earning back-to-back first team All-SoCon honors, he missed his senior season after having a car accident prior to the start of the season. Despite serving as a student assistant coach for his final season, the Atlanta Hawks still selected Carr in the 10th round of the NBA Draft.
Was a two-time first team All-Southern Conference selection and led the SoCon in scoring as a junior (19.0 ppg). Ranks 12th on WCU's all-time scoring list with 1,455 points in only three seasons.
Ironically, Ronnie Carr wore #22 and the 3-point arc in that first year was 22 feet, instead of the now 19-feet, nine-inches. Carr chose #22 as a freshman and the 3-pont shot did not debut until Carr's sophomore season.
While Carr made the first 3-pointer in NCAA history on Nov. 29, 1980, Western Carolina actually played a game the previous night, defeating the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 88-77, in Atlanta. However, Carr's historic shot had to wait one full game since the Southern Conference was the only league sanctioned by the NCAA to use the experimental 3-point shot.
Although taking and making the first 3-point shot in NCAA history, Carr only sank eight 3-pointers in his junior season, a year which he led the Southern Conference in scoring (19.0 ppg).
Western Carolina led the SoCon in 3-pointers made and attempted during the four-year NCAA/SoCon experiment (182-of-450 -- .404).