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Monday / March 25.
  • Vernon Carey Jr. trims to five big-time schools

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    Vernon Carey Jr., the 6-foot-11 class of 2019 power forward from Nike Team Florida and the University School, trimmed his list to five big-time schools.

    The No. 2-ranked player in the 2019 ESPN 60, Carey is down to Duke, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina.


    Carey recently had in-home visits with Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Miami.

    Michigan State has been active for Carey.

    “They just tell me that I can be a go-to guy and help build their program,” he told recently.

    Carey’s father, Vern Carey Sr., was an offensive tackle at Miami in the 2000s and the school has been recruiting his son hard.

    “That I could just continue the legacy that my dad started,” Carey Jr. said of Miami’s message.

    Kentucky offered Carey’s teammate Scottie Barnes, a sophomore wing, and also is active for Carey.

    “They produce bigs and if you’re trying to go one-and-done, then that’s the place to go,” he said.

    North Carolina talked to him about the development of big guys.

    “Coach Roy [Williams] just talked about developing the big guys like Luke Maye and other people,” he said.

    Duke has targeted Carey among its priorities for 2019.

    “Coach K said I’m a special player and he felt he can take my game to the next level,” 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.