Meet Carson

Author Carson Medley shows off some of his notes in the middle of a basketball game Born and raised: Born in Oxford, Mississippi and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Colleges: Ole Miss, Cuesta, and University of California, Berkeley for BA in History; Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for MA in English and MA in Education; Sacramento State, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

Wife: The lovely and talented Julia Medley.

Children: Beatrix, 3, and Holden, 5.

Other Book: Ain’t Whistlin’ Dixie No More. 

ScreenplaysTwiggersMarilyn, MarilynThe Orphan Whose Name Was Writ in Water; and Muir. 

Books Soon to Be Released: Isabel Rose and The Secret GoldfishSaving Holden; and Bounce House Benny.

Current Research: Identity, Emotional, Social, Academic, and Athletic Development of Redshirt Student Athletes. 

Best moment (unrelated to graduating college, getting married, and having children): Sinking this half-court shot with the team before the University of Arizona game.  (see below)

Worst moment:  Air balling my half-court shot with the team before the University of Arizona game two years later. 

Favorite college basketball players then and now: George Gervin, Eastern Michigan University; Dennis Rodman, Southeastern Oklahoma State; Charles Barkley, Auburn; Andre Miller, University of Utah; Jason Kidd, Cal; Bobby Hurley, Duke; Brian Cardinal, Purdue; Steve Alford, Indiana; Khalid El-Amin, U Conn; Chris Jackson, LSU; Dendre Ayton, University of Arizona; Grayson Allen, Duke; Robert Duncan, Chico State; Nate Ambrosini, Chico State; Jordan Ogundiran, Cal Poly Pomona; Adam Klie, UCSD.

Favorite college basketball coaches then and now: Bob Williams, UC Santa Barbara; Gene Keady, Purdue; Bobby Knight, Indiana; Nolan Richardson, University of Arkansas; John Chaney, Temple; Ben Braun, Cal; Jim Valvano, North Carolina State; and Greg Clink, Chico State; Paul Kamansky, Cal Poly Pomona; and Paul Trevor, Stanislaus State. 

Favorite basketball books: A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein; A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton by John McPhee; and Playing for Keeps by David Halberstam; Heaven is a Playground by Rick Telander; Life on a Cocktail Napkin by Rick Majerus.

Favorite college basketball announcer: Bill Walton and Steve Lavin. 

Favorite basketball song: Kurtis Blow, “We’re Playing Basketball.”

Favorite college basketball teams of all-time: 1997-1998 University of Utah Runnin’ Utes; 2015-2016 Chico State Wildcats. 

Favorite college basketball games of all-time: Utah defeats Arizona in the 1998 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. 

Favorite basketball moviesHoop Dreams and Hoosiers. 

Favorite college basketball ritual: When the head coaches meet to shake hands before the game.

Favorite basketball memory: My father taking me to see the Harlem Globetrotters on my tenth birthday. 

College basketball moment that makes you cry: I fall supine and weep every year during the One Shining Moment song that marks the end of the college basketball season.