Former Wagner University basketball standout and Bahamian player Michael Carey recently signed with Pully Lausanne Foxes in Switzerland.
The Foxes play in the Swiss Basketball League (SBL), the highest basketball league in Switzerland.
Carey recently played for the Bahamas senior men’s national basketball team that split their games with Mexico last month in the first window of the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 Qualifiers.
The guard has played professional ball in Spain, Mexico, Dominican Republic and France. According to Carey, he was set to sign for the Foxes back in January but told them that he is preparing to play for The Bahamas national team.
Carey, who is already in Switzerland, is scheduled to make his debut for the Foxes on Wednesday, March 18 against BBC Monthey-Chablain once the league continues to play amidst the coronavirus outbreak.
His new coach is Randoald Dessarzin.
“With this job the coach needs me to be a total guard, playing the point and shooting guard and even the small forward at certain times. It will revert to what I did in college and make winning plays, that’s what the team needs,” Carey said.
He said he feels like a young vet, having played away from home from he was in high school.
Carey has been busy and said he feels tired but will push through.
“I am just tired right now. This might have been the longest basketball season with everything that I went through this past season. Going to Spain, leaving Christmas time, I went to America to train with Mike Sosa. My body is starting to come back slowly. This year has been long, but I will find a way to get through it,” Carey added.
He said his role with the national team in the past two games was not to score, but to be a facilitator playing alongside D’Shon Taylor and Travis Munnings.
“Us taking down Mexico and like I said before, it is a new era with Chavano ‘Buddy’ Hield, Travis Munnings, Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, Shaquille Cleare and myself to name a few. Our era is going to heighten The Bahamas Basketball Federation and that is what we have been doing,” Carey said.
In the first window against Mexico last month, the guard averaged 3.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and three assists a game.
Adapting to a different country and team culture has been the most difficult aspects for him.
“You have to adapt to what the coaches want. Every coach is different and sometimes you have to put up with a lot. Being away from family and loved ones and having to sacrifice a lot of stuff just for some money,” Carey said.
His advice to younger players is to make sure that basketball is something that they want to do, because their love for the game will be tested.
Carey thanked God for his basketball progress and also Frank Rutherford, who was instrumental in getting him started in his basketball career.
The Foxes have a 6-14 win-loss record on the season and rank 11 out of 12 teams in the league.