Carlos Emory Talks About His Recruitment

Carlos Emory, a 6-foot-6 freshman forward from Howard (TX) CC, will be one of the top JC players in the country. Emory helped lead the Hawks to the NJCAA title as they defeated Three Rivers 85-80 in overtime. caught up with Emory to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Carlos Emory averaged 11.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in the four NJCAA tournament contests. Emory keyed a Hawks' improbable comeback as they trailed 63-47 with four minutes remaining. Emory hit a three-pointer and 14 seconds later Emory's dunk cut the lead to eleven as they eventually rallied for a 68-64 win over Eastern Utah. Emory finished with 17 points on seven of ten shooting and added three steals in the win.

Howard trailed Three Rivers by nine points with less than five minutes left in the game, only to force overtime. Emory scored the first basket of the extra period, giving Howard a lead that they would never relinquish.

Emory had a 3.3 GPA in his first season at Howard and is working hard in the class room to be eligible as a JC transfer. caught up with Emory after playing in the Pump N Run Alumni Game to learn the latest on his recruitment.

When you got to Howard, what were your expectations?

"First year, coming in. We were the underdog for like three, four, five months. We were going in strong. We were taking out top ranked teams and we were doing our thing. Even during the national championship, we were still basically the underdog to win it. Going in, I really didn't see it coming like that, but we made it happen and we got it done."

To even get to Hutchinson, you had to knock off #1 ranked Midland in the region finals. You had split the two games with them during the regular season.

"It was probably the most difficult thing I've ever gone through being a basketball player. Midland is one of the most talented teams that I have played ever."

In the semifinals, you rallied from a huge deficit in the closing minutes. What were you thinking? Did you believe that you could come back?

"The one thing that we thought,; we said ‘let's press." We haven't done it all game and our coach, Coach Adams; he is a person who wants to run defense, 90 feet, all 40 minutes of the game and that's what we did. We got some steals. Some dunks. Got motivation, started hitting some and ended up getting that win. We came all the way back and ended up taking that win."

Then in the championship game against Three Rivers, you were down and had to rally to force overtime.

"Same thing for that game. We ended putting our pressure on them and got a couple of big points. Came back and in overtime, we won the game."

What schools are you hearing from now?

"Right, now, I am hearing from schools like Kansas State, Baylor, UNLV, Texas Tech, Marquette and South Illinois. I'm hearing from a lot of great schools."

Are you hearing much from Minnesota?

"Yes, sir."

Where are your plans this summer?

"This summer, I'm probably going to be up here; working on my game. Getting ready again and getting mentally focused for next season, so I can go down there and do my thing and come back and be ready for the next level."

Do you have a school that you would like to go to?

"Right now, I am wide-open. I'm pretty wide-open with my choices. I am just waiting for more interest and then see what is the best option for me."

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