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Wannah Bail, Michael Carey to Texas Tech

2/13/2012

Teammates Wannah Bail and Michael Carey (Houston/Lamar Consolidated) have committed to Texas Tech.

Bail selected the Red Raiders over Houston, Oregon, Marquette and Florida State, while Carey picked Texas Tech over Oregon and Houston.

Bail and Carey, both natives of the Bahamas, will join 6-foot-3 shooting guard Dusty Hannahs (Little Rock, Ark./Pulaski Academy) and 6-0 juco standout point guard Daylen Robinson (Kansas City, Mo./Moberly Area CC) to form the Red Raiders' 2012 class.

Bail, a 6-9 super athletic lefty, was one of the best available power forwards in the country. He excels on the break, where he finishes above the rim with flare. In the half-court set he gets to the rim with quick, short slashes and is terrific along the baseline where he handles the ball well and finishes with good body control. He can also face and hit midrange jumpers with time and space. Bail is also a rim-level rebounder who blocks shots in and out of his area. He plays with great energy and urgency on both ends of the floor.

"I like coaches [Billy] Gillispie and [Chris] Walker, the style of play fits and they make me feel like I am at home," Bail said.

Carey is a powerful 6-5 combination guard who is more comfortable and productive off the ball at this time -- although he can play and excel at the point. He can get to the rim, post smaller defenders and score through contact with ease. He is a good open midrange shooter and excellent all-around finisher who rebounds extremely well for a guard. Carey is also a terrific on-ball defender with the size, strength and athletic ability to match up with anyone defensively on the perimeter.

"I like coach Gillisipie's history with guards like A.C. Law," Carey said. "I trust them. They make me feel at home and I want to help them rebuild the program."

The Red Raiders pressure man defense, transition and well-designed offensive sets will be a great fit for Bail and Carey.

"I will be a player that can play multiple positions and do whatever is needed," Bail said.

"I am a strong physical guard that can push the ball, rebound and post," Carey said.

"Both Bail and Carey are hard workers that have developed into high-level players with great upside," said Alan Branch of Texas Boy's Basketball.com who has a great pulse on Texas high school basketball, especially in Houston and Dallas.

Red Raiders coach Billy Gillispie has once again flexed his recruiting muscles in the state of Texas, like he did at Texas A&M, and expect the Red Raiders to continue to be a major player on the recruiting trail.