Senque Carey walking away from college

In 2002, New Mexico guard Senque Carey suffered a spinal cord injury during a game that left him paralyzed for nearly two weeks and the college basketball community wondering how he would recover.

As it turned out his promising playing career had been cut short, but a coaching career -- with assistant jobs at UNM, Portland State and Fresno State -- was yet to come.

Carey announced on Monday a new chapter in his career, resigning after five seasons at Fresno State to coach at a high school closer to home in the San Francisco Bay Area and also work for a mentoring organization.

"The opportunity to coach locally will allow me more time to meet the needs of my family," Carey said in a statement.

Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland praised not only Carey's skills in player development, but also as a recruiter. The team's recruiting coordinator, Carey helped bring in eventual NBA lottery pick Paul George and current sophomore Greg Smith, a 6-foot-10 center who could be the Bulldogs' next early entrant to the draft.

While Carey might be leaving the college game for now, he'll bring his ability to inspire to Menlo-Atherton High School and also the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement, where he hopes to direct high school, college and pro athletes toward reaching their goals.

Chances are they'll listen to the story of how Carey took a charge that changed his life and eventually got back up from it.