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Monday / August 8.
  • Vernon Carey eyeing fall decision, possibility of playing with another big in college

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Vernon Carey, the 6-foot-10 big man from the University School (FL) and Nike Team Florida, is eyeing a fall decision for college and also the possibility of teaming up with another elite big man in college.

    Carey will take official visits to Kentucky (Oct. 12), Duke (Oct. 19), Miami (Oct. 26) and North Carolina (Nov. 2). Both Kentucky and Duke will be during their Midnight Madness events. He visited Michigan State in February, but plans to visit again.

    “After I take my officials, I’ll probably get my decision over with,” Carey told USA Today at the USA Basketball mini-camp in Colorado Springs, Col. “I should know by then. My goal is to sign during the Early Signing Period. If it’s with another big I think that’s great, but either way it’ll be what I feel is the best situation for me.”

    He then told Rivals he will likely commit sometime before the New Year, but won’t sign during the November period.

    “I want to decide after my last visit, likely a week or two after,” he said. “I probably won’t sign early though. I will likely commit a little after that but before the new year.”

    Carey also said he could envision teaming up with another big like James Wiseman or Isaiah Stewart. Wiseman is down to Kentucky, Kansas, Vanderbilt, Memphis and Florida State, while Stewart has visited Washington and Kentucky, and is also considering Duke and Syracuse, among others.

    “Some schools are selling me on playing with another elite big and some are focusing on me,” Carey told USA Today. “I think it’s more attractive to play with another big, actually. I think it would help both of us. I want to win and whatever gives us the best chance to do that is what I want to do.”

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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.