Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Nation's No. 2 high school basketball prospect Vernon Carey commits to Duke

Nation's No. 2 high school basketball prospect Vernon Carey commits to Duke

The 6-foot-10, 275-pound senior chose Duke over Michigan State, North Carolina and nearby Miami - where his father, Vernon Carey, shined before becoming an National Football League first-round pick.

Duke didn't let the loss to Gonzaga affect it for long. What makes him special is his ability to dominate in the paint while also being effective with his face-up game. Carey averaged 11 points and 7 rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team.

There's no denying former Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel was a huge part of the Blue Devils' recruiting wins in recent years that led to them enrolling the nation's top-ranked class in four of the past five seasons. Lauderdale, Fla., marks the fifth straight year that the Blue Devils have snagged at least one of the top three recruits in the country.

Now envision that guy doing all that - and more - in a Duke jersey.


The big man from Florida will likely only grace the floor at Cameron Indoor for one season, but that one season that he plays at Duke, it should be expected to get massive amounts of productivity. Although it will be a sad day when Zion Williamson, R.J. Stewart and Carey will sign in the spring signing period in April.

Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils have an embarrassment of riches this year in Durham. The Dolphins picked Carey, Sr. with the 19th overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft.

As a lifelong Duke basketball fan who relishes the moment any future-boosting talent commits to play for the Blue Devils - no matter how often it happens - writing the headline for this article gave me goosebumps.

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