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Friday / February 23.
  • Vernon Carey Jr. sets Michigan State official, talks top suitors

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA 

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Vernon Carey Jr. has set one official visit and says several schools are working the hardest in his recruitment.

    The 6-foot-10 junior big man from University School (FL) will trip to Michigan State Feb. 10-11, when the Spartans host Purdue.

    “Next month I’m going on an official visit to Michigan State Feb. 10-11th,” he said after going for 29 points and 7 rebounds in an 83-69 loss to Oak Hill Academy (VA) at the Hoophall Classic.

    He broke down his top schools:

    Michigan State: “Coach [Tom] Izzo loves me pretty much. He just really wants me, says I can be an impactful guy on their squad as soon as I come in.”

    Duke: “They just want me to look at guys like Wendell [Carter Jr.] and Marvin [Bagley III] and just try to take something from their game and put it into mine. They said they need a big guy because all of them are  probably going to the draft after this year. They just want me to fill in that spot for Duke.”

    He recently took an unofficial to Duke during the John Wall Holiday Invitational.

    “I visited Duke at the John Wall Invitational in December,” he said. “It’s a pretty nice campus, kind of modern.”

    UNC: “Coach [Steve] Robinson just emphasizes that he develops their guys at UNC.”

    Miami: “They said I can create a legacy there since my dad [Vernon Carey Sr.] went there. [Coach] Jim Larranaga has known me since ninth grade.”

    Kansas: “They just said I can be impactful. They told me to watch Silvio de Sousa since he just got there and said I can be an impactful guy.”

    Carey Jr. is looking to decide sometime later this year.

    “I’ll probably make a decision like August or September,” he said.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.