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Saturday / February 23.
  • Vern Carey focusing on two schools, will announce on Thursday

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    Vernon Carey, the 6-foot-10 big man from the University School (FL) and Nike Team Florida, says he’s down to two schools and will announce his college choice on Thursday.

    The announcement will now take place at noon ET on SportsCenter.

    Ranked No. 3 in the 2019 ESPN 100, Carey is officially down to Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina, but a source close to the recruitment said Wednesday it will be either Duke or Michigan State.

    “I don’t know where I’m going yet, but I’m leaning between two schools,” he told the Detroit Free Press before announcing Thursday as the date. “It’s really between two schools.”

    Carey said former Michigan State star Jaren Jackson Jr. has been recruiting him, and that he likes Tom Izzo’s coaching style.

    “I feel like I can trust Tom Izzo,” Carey Jr. said. “That’s most important to me. I feel like I can trust him.”

    Vernon Carey Sr. played football at Miami, but his son cut them along with Kentucky last week.  Still, Carey Sr. supports Izzo as well.

    “I remember the first time we were on campus,” the father told the Free Press. “I said, ‘Hey, if (Izzo) is going to coach my son, I’m OK with it.’ I respect him a lot.

    “Coach Izzo is a hard worker, tough on his kids. He pushes them to be the best they can be. Great coach, great tradition, great community. They’re big on us — and we’re big on them.”

    Michigan State also remains alive for La LUmiere (IN) big man Isaiah Stewart, who is also considering Duke, Washington and Syracuse, among others.

    The NCAA late signing period runs April 17-May 15.

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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.