Vernon Carey Jr. Commits To Duke

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 8, 2018

Vernon Carey, a five-star center from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, picked the Blue Devils in a commitment ceremony at his high school on Thursday over Michigan State and North Carolina.

The fact that Carey, a 6-foot-10 center, is ranked No. 2 in the Class of 2019 means Duke has now secured a commitment from a top-three prospect in each of the past seven years.

Prior to Carey, Tom Izzo was most recently bested by Mike Krzyzewski in the battle for five-star Gary Trent 2017. However, it would leave the program in a precarious position as they open next year against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta and also host Notre Dame in the nonconference slate in 2019.

Another day, another 5-star commitment for Duke basketball. Barrett was already playing at a level that put him in the upper echelon of the sport, but is improving his ability to play within the team concept game by game.

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He's a decorated high school player and won a gold medal with USA Basketball over the summer. In the end, the Blue Devils beat out ACC rivals UNC and Miami for Carey; however, the final decision came down to Duke and Michigan State.

Carey is the son of Vernon Carey, Sr., who played college football for the Miami Hurricanes and later played in the NFL for eight seasons as an offensive tackle. Because he is. But those who thought Duke might struggle, relatively speaking, on the recruiting trail after his departure look incorrect so far.

Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils have an embarrassment of riches this year in Durham.

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