Carey Spicer




Date of Birth:
April 23, 1909

Hometown: Lexington, KY


 Carey Spicer

Season Games Played  

Total Points  

1928-29 15 86
1929-30 19 112
1930-31 18 188
Total 52 386

The first All-American under Adolph Rupp and one of two players most responsible for helping UK make a successful transition from the slow-down style employed by John Mauer to the more up-tempo style implemented by Rupp.  Spicer actually made All-American under both coaches-Mauer in 1929, Rupp in 1931.  His great adaptability is best reflected in the numbers he posted under the two coaches.  He averaged 5.7 and 6.5 in his two seasons with Mauer, then scored 10.6 points per game in Rupp’s more open, fast-breaking system.  He had his best night when he scored 27 in a 42-37 win over Vanderbilt.  Also had a then-record 22 against Florida in the Southern Conference Tournament and 20 in a 38-34 regular season win over Georgia Tech.  Was named to the all-tournament team.  An outstanding all-around athlete, he was also a superb halfback / quarterback who scored 75 points for Kentucky during the 1930 football season.  One sportswriter wrote that Spicer was “one of those quiet fellows back in the haze who can do things when things must be done.”