Dairese Gary

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Dairese Gary
Dairese Gary.jpg
Gary in 2009 with New Mexico
Free agent
Position Point guard
Personal information
Born (1988-10-21) October 21, 1988 (age 28)
Elkhart, Indiana
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school Concord (Elkhart, Indiana)
College New Mexico (2007–2011)
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2014 Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2014–2015 Somouha Alexandria
2015–2016 Al Fateh
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x First-team All-MWC (2010, 2011)

Dairese Layton Gary (born October 21, 1988, pronounced da-REECE) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball at New Mexico, where he was named First-team All-MWC in 2010 and 2011.

High school career[edit]

Gary attended Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, lettering in two sports, basketball and football.[1] During his junior year at Concord, Gary led the team to the sectional title, averaging 22.3 point per game, four rebounds per game and two assists per game while guiding Concord to a 22–2 record.[1] During his senior year, he led Concord back to another winning record, 13–7, while compiling 21.8 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He shot 56.3% from the floor, 34.7% from three-point range and 69.0% from the foul line during his senior season.[1] He finish his high school career at Concord scoring 1,330 points (ninth all-time at Concord) and as a two-time first team all-area selection, enough to garner a three-star rating from Scout.com.[2] He verbally committed to play for Steve Alford at Iowa as a sophomore, but signed a letter of intent at New Mexico after Alford was hired at the school. "I don't know much about (New Mexico), I know it's warm," he said.[3] Gary's nickname is "Little Bus” because of al resemblance to former NFL running back Jerome “The Bus” Bettis.[4]

College career[edit]

Freshman year, 2007–2008[edit]

Gary started the last 28 games as the team's point guard, the most starts at from a freshman at point guard in nearly ten years. Gary led the Lobos in assists (as well as being eighth in the Mountain West Conference and first among all MWC newcomers), and second on the team in steals.[1] Gary posted a season-high 18 points in an 80–63 victory over Texas Tech on December 15, connecting on all four of his 3-point attempts.[5] On February 13, 2008, he scored 12 points in a 73-63 win at San Diego State.[6] Due to his freshman success, CollegeHoops.net named Gary and honorable mention High-Major All-Freshman[7] after helping the J. R. Giddens-led team to a 24–9 record, including a NIT berth.

Games played Games started Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Field goal percentage 3pt. field goal percentage Free throw percentage
33 28 23.5 7.8 2.3 3.2 44.5% 39.1% 73.9%

Sophomore year, 2008–2009[edit]

After a year as the team's starting point guard, Gary's role was more defined as he began flourishing in his new role, being the only player to start every game. He was second in the Mountain West Conference in assists, fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio and ninth in steals.[1] Along with players like junior Roman Martinez, and seniors Daniel Faris, Chad Toppert and Tony Danridge, the Lobos posted a 22–12 record and a NIT berth,[1] advancing to the second round where Gary put up 15 points, four assists and a pair of steals in a losing effort to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.[8] Gary was also instrumental in a late season victory against Colorado State, putting up 18 points (all after halftime), eight assists and four rebounds in an 81-79 double-OT win.[9]

Games played Games started Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Field goal percentage 3pt. field goal percentage Free throw percentage
34 34 23.9 8.1 2.2 4.1 43.6% 39.2% 72.1%

Junior year, 2009–2010[edit]

After the departure of the aforementioned Faris, Toppert and Danridge, the burden of leading the New Mexico team to success fell on the shoulders of Roman Martinez, Darington Hobson and Gary. They posted a 12-game winning streak, in which Gary posted five games scoring double figures, including a 21-point, 4-assist, 4-rebound game at the University of San Diego on December 9.[10] Despite the preseason fifth-place rank the Lobos were picked in the Mountain West Conference,[11] the Lobos won 14 straight in the conference, with Gary averaging 14.1 points and 4.4 rebounds during the streak, including 23 points or greater in three games (BYU twice and Colorado State).[1] Gary was honored for his play be being First-Team All-Mountain West and part of the All-Defensive Team in the Mountain West Conference.[12]

Games played Games started Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Field goal percentage 3pt. field goal percentage Free throw percentage
35 35 28.6 13.1 2.8 3.9 45.0% 34.1% 75.0%

Senior Year, 2010–2011[edit]

Just like the year before, Gary has been saddled with a young team lacking leaders and experience, as there was only one senior (himself), three juniors and eight underclassmen. Nonetheless, Gary, a Preseason All-Conference member,[13] led the Lobos in points and assists. Gary had a double-double (14 points and 10 assists) against then-ranked No. 9 BYU in an 86–77 win in The Pit on January 30, 2011.[14] Steve Alford said after the game: “In the end, it’s that one guy again, Dairese Gary. He plays all 40 minutes, he’s guarding the best player (Fredette) on the other team. This is what Dairese has done his entire career, and we’re seeing a very special player come into the last half of his (final season).”[4] Gary followed that by posting career-highs in points in back-to-back games against UNLV and TCU, putting up 26 and 32 points, respectively.[15][16] Like his junior year, Gary was honored by being named First-Team All-Mountain West and part of the All-Defensive Team in the Mountain West.[17] However, in a semifinals game in a Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament game against BYU, Gary tore his ACL, ending his collegiate career.[18] He averaged 14.1 points per game. Gary is 13th in career scoring at New Mexico with 1,458 points, and is 4th in assists with 564.[19] After the season, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, a week after teammate Chad Adams was arrested for the same offense.[20]

Games played Games started Minutes/Game Points/Game Rebounds/Game Assists/Game Field goal percentage 3pt. field goal percentage Free throw percentage
33 33 33.8 14.1 3.2 5.5 48.2% 33.7% 78.0%

Professional career[edit]

He was forced to sit out the season after his injury and became a graduate assistant for the Lobos.[21] Gary was selected by the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the first round (16th overall pick) of the 2012 NBA D-League draft. He was immediately traded to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. "It feels good to be a member of the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants," said Gary. "And it feel s great be able to play basketball again, especially for my home state and in front of my family."[19] In 2014, he was picked up by Somouha Alexandria in the Egyptian league.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Player Bio: Dairese Gary". New Mexico Lobos. Archived from the original on November 19, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Scout.com: Dairese Gary Profile". Scout.com. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Smith, Mark (April 18, 2007). "Men's Basketball: Ex-Iowa Recruit Commits to UNM". The Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Lobos Leave Driving to Gary". The Albuquerque Journal. January 30, 2011. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "New Mexico 80, Texas Tech 63". ESPN. Associated Press. December 15, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ "New Mexico 73, San Diego St. 63". ESPN. Associated Press. February 14, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ "2008 CollegeHoops.net High-Major All-Freshman". College Hoops.net. March 28, 2008. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Notre Dame needs Jackson's heroics to win in final ticks". ESPN. Associated Press. March 20, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ "New Mexico 81, Colorado St. 79". ESPN. Associated Press. March 1, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "New Mexico 82, San Diego 78". ESPN. Associated Press. December 9, 2009. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Mountain West Conference Announces 2009-10 Preseason Men's Basketball Selections". The Mountain West Conference Official Athletic Site. October 6, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Mountain West Conference Announces 2009-10 Preseason Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards". The Mountain West Conference Official Athletic Site. March 8, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mountain West Conference Announces 2010-11 Preseason Men's Basketball Selections". The Mountain West Conference Official Athletic Site. October 12, 2010. Retrieved June 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Jimmer Fredette, No. 9 BYU can't overcome New Mexico at The Pit". ESPN. Associated Press. January 30, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  15. ^ "UNLV 77, New Mexico 74". ESPN. Associated Press. February 24, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  16. ^ "New Mexico hands TCU 12th consecutive loss". ESPN. Associated Press. February 26, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ Mountain West Conference Announces 2010-11 Men's Basketball All-Conference Awards TheMWC.com
  18. ^ "Lobos Dairese Gary's season is over". KRQE.com. March 13, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  19. ^ a b "Dairese Gary Selected in First Round of D-League Draft". Mountain West Conference. November 12, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ "New Mexico's Alford disappointed by Dairese Gary's DWI arrest". USA Today. Associated Press. May 10, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  21. ^ Greene, Ryan (February 21, 2012). "Journey back to playing almost complete for New Mexico grad assistant Dairese Gary". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Dairese Gary signs at Somouha". Eurobasket. Retrieved June 10, 2015. 

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