RECRUITING ON THE SOUTH PLAINS
Ht: 6'5" | Wt: 190 lbs
High School: Lamar Consolidated (Rosenberg, TX)
Video: Clip 1
Rivals | Scout
ESPN 88 | 24/7 Sports N/R
Cumulative Ranking: INC
OffersHouston, Florida St.
This is the second part of the thought that this is a combination commitment from PF Wannah Bail and now we get to PG/SG Michael Carey. For me, perhaps the biggest positive about Carey is that he's a big guard that can play both the point and shooting guard positions. Height at the guard spot is something that this team lacks other that Toddrick Gotcher and it's good to have a player with some decent measurables that could play at both guard spots.
I mentioned in Bail's profile that Carey and Bail are both from the Bahamas and both moved to Texas at about the same time and have been virtually inseparable as they play both high school and AAU basketball together.
The other thing that I should note is that Carey only has an offer from Houston and Florida St., at least this is what I could determine, which means that he's probably not that sought after as Bail, but I'm still really liking Carey as a player because I think he offers something, height and ball-handling, that is not readily apparent on this year's roster.
The Player Speaks
Nothing yet, but will update as information is available.
There isn't quite the detailed scouting reports that I was able to find like I did on Bail. Carey is averaging about 13 points per game for his high school team (compared to about 18 points per game for Bail). There is a nice post from CBS Sports Jeff Borzello:
“I want to become an elite point guard in the country,” Carey said. “People are starting to see me as a point guard, that’s what they’re going to see at the next level.”
The 6-foot-5 Carey is an offensive-minded player who can handle both guard positions. He is extremely aggressive off the dribble, getting past defenders into the lane and using his length and athleticism to finish strong at the rim. With his size, Carey is able to see over most opponents and also make plays inside.
In order to get recognized as a full-time point guard, Carey realizes there’s work to do.
“I can run a team and break down anybody,” he said, “but I need to get faster. I’m fast, but not fast enough. I need to get quicker.”
From the Beyond the Arc post that I linked in Bail's profile (which will also give you information regarding Carey's and Bail's move to Texas from the Bahamas):
More than just Bail’s sidekick, Carey should also help down the road. He possesses nice size at 6-5 to play both guard spots, though it isn’t entirely clear what position he ultimately will play. Most likely, Carey projects as scoring guard with the ability to slash and score. With the significant roster turnover in the Texas Tech program Billy Gillispie became coach, Carey could also figure to have an early impact under the right conditions.
Here's the free portion from Carey's ESPN profile:
Carey is a strong and athletic guard that plays with great energy and urgency at all times. He is a competitor on both ends of the floor. Carey has great size and pushes the ball in transition with good pace.
The only video I could find on Carey also featured Bail, which is just fine with me: