Carrera Makes AP All-SEC 2nd Team
By USC SID
COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — South Carolina senior forward Michael Carrera was named to the Associated Press All-SEC Second Team today, in an announcement from the organization. This is Carrera’s second all-conference award this season, as he was named to the All-SEC First Team by the league’s head coaches last week.
Carrera has had a stellar year thus far in 2015-16, averaging career highs in every major statistical category, including leading the Gamecocks with 14.5 points per game in overall games, while he finished the SEC campaign averaging 16.1 points per game, which was a team high and ranked eighth in the league. He has hit multiple career milestones this season, scoring his 1,000th career point, while also collecting his 700th rebound, becoming just one of seven Gamecocks all-time with 1,000 points and at least 700 boards. His eight double-doubles in SEC play tied for second-most in conference action this season, while his 10 double-doubles overall on the year rank fourth in the league and are the most by a Carolina player in a single season since 1993-94. Carrera has made history this season, posting the first 30-point, 15-rebound performance by a Carolina player since the Gamecocks joined the SEC with a career mark of 34 points and 15 boards in a home win versus Mississippi State. Later, he tallied 20 points and 15 rebounds in the home win versus Florida to become the first Gamecock to record multiple 20-point, 15-rebound efforts in a season since 1983-84. In league games, Carrera led the Gamecocks with a total of 273 points scored, while his 8.9 rebounds per game were also a team best and ranked third. In overall games this season, Carrera has led or shared the team lead in scoring nine times, rebounding 15 times and blocks 10 times.
South Carolina has earned a bid to the NIT and will host High Point in the event’s opening round on Tuesday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET at Colonial Life Arena.