By Jeff Borzello
BRONX, N.Y. – It seems that a breakout season has been escaping Tariq Carey for the past couple of years. Heading into each high school and AAU campaign, Carey looks to be on the precipice of blowing up – then he falls just short.
Carey, a 6-foot-2 guard from New Jersey, is hopeful he garners increased attention with the New York Panthers this summer.
“Right now, it’s about getting a scholarship,” Carey said. “I think I can play at the highest level.”
Although he moved from the NJ Playaz to the Panthers, AAU programs are not the only things Carey is changing this year.
After attending Newark Eastside (N.J.), Carey is looking to go to a higher-profile basketball program. He named South Kent (Conn.) and St. Benedict’s (N.J.) as possible landing spots.
“There were some things that happened last year,” Carey said when asked why he was transferring.
Carey is not anywhere near ready to decide on a school, although he is receiving plenty of college interest.
He holds offers from Iona, Georgia State, Creighton and Rhode Island, with interest from Virginia, Providence, Charleston, Notre Dame, Clemson and Richmond.
If Carey breaks out as expected, that list will undoubtedly expand this summer.