Former Wagner College standout Michael Carey inked the second deal of his professional career yesterday with the Etoile de Charleville-Mezieres of the Ligue Nationale de Basket.
Carey and his new squad kick off the 2017-18 season this Friday, when they take on Saint-Chamond at home. This will be his first full professional season.
Carey signed his first pro deal in June with Soles de Santo Domingo of the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto in the Dominican Republic. In 11 games with the team, Carey averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 47.4 percent from the field and just under 70 percent from the free throw line.
His time in the Dominican Republic was highlighted by a 22-point outburst against Metro STGO on June 16. He had another 20-point outing in a 97-95 win over Leones SD in which he poured in 21 points on 50 percent shooting for the game and also grabbed five rebounds.
Carey went on to grab five or more rebounds in eight of his 11 games with the Soles, highlighted by a season’s-best nine boards against Indios SFM back June 26.
As a senior at Wagner, Carey averaged 13.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. For his efforts last season, Carey was named to the All-Northeast Conference First Team, the Northeast Conference (NEC) All-Tournament Team, the All-Metropolitan Third Team and the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) District 18 First Team.
Carey was one of the top players in the NEC in college basketball the past two seasons. During his time at Wagner, Carey scored in double figures 47 times, hitting for 20 or more points 13 times and pulling down 10 or more rebounds in 31 games, while leading the Seahawks in rebounds in 42 games. Last season, he became the fourth player in Wagner basketball history to record 20 double-doubles or more for a career, finishing his collegiate career with 27.
In his first season with the Wagner, Carey averaged 12.6 points and 9.1 rebounds, shooting just over 50 percent from the field. He led Wagner to a NEC title game appearance for the first time since 2005.
In two years at Wagner, Carey scored 843 points, grabbed 583 rebounds, dished out 103 assists and shot at a 48.7 percent clip from the field.