Rodney Dion Carney is a professional basketball player from the USA who plays as a small forward. Born to DeAndra Ware, a world record holder of the indoor 60 and 50 meter sprints, Carney went to the Northwest High School where he was named as the Player of the Year by the Indianapolis Star along with being named to the All-Indiana first team. Aside from basketball, Carney was also interested in track and field events, especially high jump, and was the Indiana State champion in the sport in his senior year.
Carney joined the University of Memphis in 2002-03 and was part of the Conference USA All-Freshman Team as he helped the team make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996. Although seeded 7th, the Tigers lost in the very first round against Arizona State University.
The following year, there was a marked change in Carney’s stats however a cracked bone under the eye required surgery and kept him out for a couple of games. This year, at the NCAA tournament, Carney’s efforts got them past the first round although that is as far as they managed.
The 2004-05 season saw Carney get named to the All-Conference USA Second Team as he led the team with his 16 points per game and 73.3% free throw shooting. The team failed to make it to the NCAA tournament after losing out in the finals of the qualifying Conference USA tournament.
In his senior year, Carney was in the running for the John R. Wooden award after stellar pre- and mid-season performances. His game improved drastically to make him one of the topmost players in Conference USA.