February 14, 2012

Carey wants to be Acie Law

Texas Tech men's basketball commit Michael Carey couldn't pass up the opportunity to play for Red Raider head coach Billy Gillispie.

After almost committing to the Red Raiders during the early signing period, Carey, a guard, and Rosenberg (Texas) Lamar Consolidated High School Wanaah Bail, a power forward, decided to pull the trigger with the Red Raiders Monday.

"I just think with coach Billy Gillispie and all his history that he has he can develop players into the next Acie Law," Carey said. "I really like him and assistant coach Chris Walker, and the rest of the coaching staff is very good. I just want to be a part of that program and want to help raise it up."

Law, a Texas A&M product from 2003 to 2007, is arguably Gillispie's signature development up to this point in Gillispie's career.

Law was a good point guard on a struggling Texas A&M that went 7-21 his freshman year under head coach Melvin Watkins, but Law and Gillispie didn't exactly get off on the right foot.

Leading up to Law's sophomore year at Texas A&M, Gillispie's tough offseason program nearly ran Law off, but the point guard ultimately bought into what Gillispie was doing and the team made a dramatic turnaround and was invited to the NIT at season's end.

As a junior and as a senior, Law helped lead the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament while winning several Player of the Year Awards his senior year and then had a decent stint in the NBA before playing electing to play overseas basketball.

Carey, who likes to go by the name Mike rather than Michael, has the tools Law had.

Coming out of Kimball, Law was 6-foot-3 with a pretty good shot. Carey is 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds with a good shot and the ability to drive the lane.

"I'm just a big guard," Carey said. "Rebound very well, powerful, can get to the rim and can hit the open three. I have great vision and things like that. A high basketball IQ and I try not to play outside myself."

But as much as Gillispie's name was a draw for Carey, so was having Walker on the Tech staff.

"Coach Walker, ever since he was at Villanova, I've known about him," Carey said. "He calls me and checks up on me to see how I'm doing. He's always been a good friend to me and we just wanted to go to a place that felt like home."

The idea of playing with Bail for four more years also played into Carey's decision.
The two players are said to have very good chemistry and could work very well together in the Red Raiders' high-low offense.

"Wanaah and I are like brothers," Carey said. "Even since kindergarten we've been going to the same school and continued to play together. We just have a special bond on the court and we're bringing that chemistry to Texas Tech. Really looking forward to doing it big."

Carey said both he and Bail are academically eligible to join the Red Raiders and they both anticipate joining the team for offseason workouts when Tech's summer school sessions begin.

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