Fresh off of a 44-point performance, East Angels senior Brian Carey is nothing but smiles. On Saturday Carey and the Angels handed a talented ThunderRidge team their first loss of the season at the Thunderdome. In his first game back off of an ankle injury, Carey demonstrated why he is going to be playing NCAA Division I Basketball next year.
On December 26th Carey received an extra Christmas present when he received an offer from the staff at Texas Southern University. “I talked to them everyday until the 1st,” Carey explains, “I told my dad new years eve that I wanted to go there, so we talked about it that night, and I committed the next day.”
Carey was also considering an offer from Portland State, but Texas Sothern ultimately had more draw for Carey. “The coach is amazing,” Carey states of his soon to be head coach Mike Davis. “They also play one of the best schedules in the country, and I want to play against the best and get better everyday.”
The Texas Southern program is a perfect fit for the young guard. When Carey is surrounded by talented players he is able to have a lot of success which was seen in the Angels State Championship his Junior season. Carey believes he is a perfect fit for the Tiger’s program, “The coach let’s the team play for sure, there are good players around already and the senior point guard is leaving, so I just think I can come in right away and make an immediate impact.”
Carey’s impact on the Tiger’s is going to be different than his impact for the angels. He isn’t going to have to play the role of scorer that he is now and he recognizes that his role at the college level is going to change. “I won’t have to score 44 in college (laughs), but I’ll be more of a passer because I’m going to be surrounded by such good players. I won’t need to lead the league in scoring, but I want to lead the league in assists.” Carey’s maturity to accept and adapt to his new role in college exemplify his understanding and passion for the game.
Carey has yet to decide on what he wants to major in next year, but he knows that he wants to always be in the business of the sport. “I want to make some money with basketball in the future, whatever I can do” he explains.
The Thunder dome has cleared out and Brian walks out the doors into the grey snowy day. After a big win and his recent commitment, Carey has a bright future ahead of him as a college basketball player.