The second UK All-American ever, Burgess Carey is an outstanding illustration of the million ways in which basketball has changed in the last 85 years or so. Carey was a 6’ guard from Lexington. He played two seasons as a Wildcat, and won All-American honors as a junior, in 1924-25.
Amazingly, Carey was an All-American despite scoring exactly 20 points in 20 games in the 1924-25 season. Of course, the average score of a UK game that season was 26-24, so it was certainly not run and gun basketball. That said, Carey was sixth in scoring in his own team, and yet was an All-American.
Needless to say, Burgess Carey was apparently an incredible defensive player. Tom Wallace in his Kentucky Basketball Encyclopedia indicates that Carey played “back guard”, a position which apparently placed him close to his own basket, with the express aim of cutting down on the other team’s scoring.
The Cats were 13-8 in 1924-25, and apparently, Carey wasn’t always successful in his defensive efforts. For instance, on January 6, 1925, UK lost to Wabash 57-10. Coach Clearance Applegran should have probably thanked his lucky stars that he wasn’t around in the Billy Gillispie era.
Carey played one more season as a Wildcat and upped his scoring to almost two points per game. Carey was the captain on a 15-3 squad that lost the Southern Conference Tournament championship 31-26 to Mississippi A&M (later to become Mississippi State).
Carey apparently left basketball after 1926, and was a contractor in Lexington when he died in 1961 at the age of 56.
(Again, thanks to Jon Scott for the picture. He’s at http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/wildcats.html)