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Carey Signs Free-Agent Contract to Play In Newly Formed XBA
06/05/2002

FROSTBURG, MD — Frostburg State University assistant women's basketball coach Avery Carey has signed a free-agent contract to play for the Myrtle Beach Ballers of the newly created X-treme Basketball Association.

Carey, one of 200 players to participate in try-outs for the eight-team league, was among the five free-agents signed by the Ballers. Former Houston Rocket Mitchell Wiggins will serve as the team's player/coach.

"I'm excited to get the chance to play professional basketball again and see what doors this might open," said Carey, who played for the Holland Hammers in the Netherlands for the 1999-2000 season before coming to Frostburg.

The 6-6 Carey expects to be used as a three-guard or swingman and plans to return to FSU once the XBA season ends in mid-August.

Carey, a 1999 graduate of George Mason University with a degree in communications, was a three-year member of the Patriots' men's team. As a junior, Carey served as team co-captain, started 20 of the 27 games in which he played and averaged 11.1 points and 4.9 rebounds for coach Paul Westhead.

After missing the following season with a back injury, Carey returned for his senior year under Jim Larranaga averaging 3.6 points and 1.9 rebounds while helping the Patriots to the Colonial Athletic Association title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to George Mason, Carey played at Hagerstown (Md.) Community College and guided the Hawks to a pair of regional championship titles. He earned all-region honors as a freshman and was named to the Region XX All-Tournament Team as a sophomore.

Carey is a 1994 graduate of North Hagerstown (Md.) High School. As a senior, he served as team captain and earned team MVP and first-team All-Tri-State honors.

The XBA will feature a few unique rules, with dunks counting as three points and a player fouled while attempting a dunk getting three free throws. XBA players will be paid $300 a week and will perform 10 hours of community service weekly.

The Ballers start camp on Monday, June 10 and open the season on Friday, June 14.

The roster includes Terence Newby (guard, North Carolina), G anon Baker (guard, UNC-Wilmington), Johnny McCrimmon (forward, Rutgers), Kirk Baker (forward/center, Iowa State), Ishua Benjamin (guard/forward, N.C. State), John Lazoski (forward, Montana State), Michael Moten (forward Rhode Island), Jeff Rabey (center, Bradley), LaKista McCuller (guard, N.C. State), Jeffrey Joseph (guard, Maine), O.J. Linney (guard/forward, Charleston Southern), Marcell Scott (forward, Jacksonville Univ.), and Ross Sanders (guard, Coker College).

Five of the other seven league teams will be based in North Carolina — Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham, Rocky Mount and Wilmington. The two remaining teams are Virginia Beach and Columbia (SC).

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu