5-Star Center Vernon Carey Verbally Commits to Duke

Vernon Carey

Surrounded by family, including his father Vernon Carey Sr., a former National Football League offensive lineman, Carey made the announcement at his high school, NSU University School on Thursday. Carey, ranked No. 2 in the class of 2019 per 247 Sports, announced his decision in a televised news conference on ESPN.

Another day, another 5-star commitment for Duke basketball.

Carey, a 6'10 center with the ability to play multiple positions, would have been the highest-rated player to ever commit to Michigan State, according to 247 Sports, just ahead of Shannon Brown in 2003.

Michigan State also tends to prioritize recruits from the Midwest, so the focus on Vernon Carey Jr has been a little out of character for the program. Over his last two games, the freshman put up 53 points in 53 minutes on 22-of-28 shooting, logging 23 rebounds, dishing 11 assists and grabbing four steals. The Blue Devils won the services of Carey Jr. over Michigan State and in state rival North Carolina.

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Carey is the son of former Miami Dolphins lineman Vernon Carey. He was drafted second overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2018 NBA Draft. These three visits are in addition to a number of trips from Michigan State coaches to his home and to watch him play throughout the year, in a recruiting process led by Tom Izzo and Dane Fife.

Duke has dominated the recruiting wars in recent years.

Duke is going bowling for the sixth time in the last seven season, and this year the Blue Devils will be spending the holiday season in balmy Shreveport, Louisiana.

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