Despite having never led his team in scoring, Jim Carrino ranks among the top 25 Georgetown scorers by average. It's a tribute to one of the classic era's most durable scorers.
Carrino was a standout guard at Archbishop Molloy in 1957, and averaged 19 points per game on an undefeated 1958 Stanners team that appeared at McDonough Gym in the Knights of Columbus Invitational. Featuring a smooth one-handed jump shot, Carrino committed to Georgetown in the spring of 1958 and averaged 16 points for the freshman team the season thereafter.
Carrino's sophomore year at Georgetown was cut short by injury, but his scoring ability showed signs of what was to come. He scored 18 points off the bench versus Brown, 24 versus Fordham, and 26 versus Boston College. He finished the season with 183 points in 12 games, for a 12.2 average.
Carrino earned a starting position in 1960-61 and fans were excited to see him alongside Brian Sheehan in the backcourt. "Jim Carrino features explosive driving ability," wrote the HOYA, "but his most potent weapon is a floating jump shot, accurate anywhere within the thirty foot range." Shooting 44 percent from the field, Carrino led the team in scoring in only four games but scored 15 or more nine times. His 24 point effort over NYU, who advanced to the Final Four the season before, won rave reviews from the New York press. The New York Journal American said Carrino
"looked like Jerry West" on the Garden floor that day.
For 1961-62, Carrino finished runner up in scoring to Bob Sharpenter, but turned in another solid season. His 48 percent shooting, much of it from outside, led the team in accuracy. Carrino turned in a career high 30 points against Maryland and scored 22 points in an upset of nationally-regarded Niagara. His 25 points in the season finale against St. Peter's ended his career as the fifth highest scorer in school history.
Following Georgetown, Carrino joined the Navy and was selected to the Armed Forces All-Star basketball team. Joining fellow alum Ken Pichette, Carrino was invited to the 1964 Olympic trials but did not make the final cut. Carrino and Pichette were the first two Georgetown players ever invited to compete for the U.S. Olympic basketball team and while neither saw professional play, the invitation was a recognition of their potential among the very best the nation had to offer.