Michael Carrera
Michael  Carrera


Anzoátegui, Venezuela

High School:
Montrose Christian School

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 212




Carrera returns to form in leading USC over Alabama

By Willie T. Smith (Greenville News)

2012-13 Gamecock Spotlight Video | Photo Gallery

2013-14 (sophomore)
Saw action in 33 games with 20 starts on the year ... Averaged 6.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 0.8 steals in 19.7 minutes per game ... In SEC games, averaged 5.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals in 21.9 minutes per contest ... Posted six double-figure scoring games, 18 games with at least six rebounds and one double-double ... Led or shared the team lead in rebounding 14 times, in blocks 11 times, in steals 10 times and posted nine games with at least two blocks ... Scored 12 points to begin the season vs. Longwood (Nov. 9), adding nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals ... Followed with an eight-point, seven-rebound effort at No. 23 Baylor (Nov. 12), hitting a lay-up in the final second of play, but after review, shot was after the buzzer ... Collected a team-high seven rebounds vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State ... Suspended for the USC Upstate (Dec. 19) contest due to his involvement in a post-game altercation vs. Manhattan (Dec. 17) ... Scored 10 points in victory over Akron (Dec. 25) at Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, and followed with 13 points in the home win vs. the Zips (Dec. 28) ... Posted eight points and collected six rebounds vs. Ole Miss (Jan. 18) ... Scored a season high 16 points, adding 11 rebounds for his sixth-career double-double at Missouri (Jan. 25) ... Pulled down 11 rebounds in contest at Ole Miss (Feb. 1) ... Six points and six rebounds in victory over Vanderbilt (Feb. 13) ... Collected double-figure rebounds in consecutive games, vs. Georgia (12) and at Auburn (13) ... Scored 11 points in victory over No. 17 Kentucky (March 1) ... Collected seven rebounds in SEC Tournament win over Arkansas (March 13) and eight in Tournament loss to Tennessee (March 14).

2012-13 (freshman)
Saw action in 27 games with 22 starts ... Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team ... Missed three games early in the season due to a concussion, and two games just before SEC play due to a chronic left hip injury ... Third on the team in scoring with 9.9 points per game, while adding a team best 7.2 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 21.2 minutes per game ... In SEC play, led the team in scoring with 9.8 points and in rebounding with 7.3 per outing in 21.9 minutes per game ... Finished the season ranked sixth in the SEC in rebounds per game (7.2 rpg) and sixth in offensive rebounds per game (3.0 rpg) ... Posted 12 double-figure scoring contests and six games with double-figure rebounds ... Led or shared the team lead in scoring nine times, in rebounding 13 times and in blocks nine times ... Tallied five double-doubles on the year, including in season opener, a 17-point, 15-rebound effort in overtime win vs. UW-Milwaukee (Nov. 11) ... Named the Nov. 12 SEC Freshman of the Week for his play vs. the Panthers ... Would miss the next three contests - vs. Morgan State (Nov. 16), vs. Rider (Nov. 19) and vs. Elon (Nov. 21) - due to a concussion ... Returned vs. Missouri State (Nov. 24), scoring 18 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the contest to overtime, while also collecting five rebounds ... Was in foul trouble early vs. UALR (Nov. 25) ... Posted second double-double of the season with teams highs 11 points and 11 rebounds vs. St. John's (Nov. 29) ... Was in foul trouble vs. Clemson (Dec. 2), collecting three in the first nine minutes of the game ... Collected six rebounds vs. the Tigers ... Near double-double with teams highs in both points (17) and rebounds (9) vs. Jacksonville (Dec. 7) ... Posted 13 points and pulled down seven rebounds in win vs. Manhattan (Dec. 22) ... Missed the Presbyterian (Dec. 29) and SC State (Jan. 5) contests due to left hip injury ... Returned from injury to play at Miss. State (Jan. 9), but was in early foul trouble and played just seven minutes, posting two points and three rebounds ... Once again struggled with foul trouble vs. Auburn (Jan. 19), but posted six points, seven rebounds and a season high five assists in 24 minutes vs. the Tigers ... Season high 23 points in win at LSU (Jan. 16), scoring 21 of those points in the second half and overtime, while playing several minutes with four fouls ... Scored eight points and pulled down nine rebounds in contest vs. Vandy (Jan. 19) ... Led Gamecocks with near double-double at Florida (Jan. 30) with 13 points and nine rebounds, hitting 6-of-9 attempts from the floor ... Played 34 minutes, posting teams highs with 16 points and seven rebounds, and setting a season high with three steals vs. Georgia (Feb. 2) ... Led team in scoring for third-straight game with 18 points vs. Kentucky (Feb. 5), also six rebounds and one steal ... Posted fourth double-double of the season with teams highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Tennessee (Feb. 10) ... Collected fifth double-double of the season with team highs of 13 points and 13 rebounds in win vs. Ole Miss (Feb. 20); had 10 rebounds in opening half ... Played 33 minutes, posting 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Gamecocks at Texas A&M (March 2) ... Collected a game high 13 rebounds at Vandy (March 9) ... Scored nine points and collected six rebounds in SEC Tournament game vs. Mississippi State (March 13) ... Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

Pre-South Carolina
Played for head coach Stu Vetter at Montrose Christian School ... Averaged 13.2 points and 12.2 rebounds during senior season ... Regarded as a high energy player with great work ethic and hustle.

Originally from Anzoátegui, Venezuela ... Son of Luis Carrera and Katherine Gamboa ... Lists Brazil as the place he would most like to visit, while his favorite food is pasta and arepas and pasta with chicken ... Favorite NBA team is the LA Lakers with Kobe Bryant listed as his favorite professional basketball player ... Major is sociology.