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Top-rated center Vernon Carey picks Duke over UNC and Michigan State

Vernon Carey Jr. explains how the Duke Blue Devils’ system led to his commitment

Vernon Carey Jr. orally committed to Duke on Thursday. The five-star center is excited to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski and in the Blue Devils' system
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Vernon Carey Jr. orally committed to Duke on Thursday. The five-star center is excited to play for coach Mike Krzyzewski and in the Blue Devils' system

Vernon Carey, rated as the No. 2 overall player and the No. 1 center in the 2019 recruiting class, will play college basketball at Duke.

The 6-10, 275-pound Carey, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced his commitment to the Blue Devils on Thursday. His other finalists were North Carolina and Michigan State.

Vernon Carey Jr., the No. 2 prospect in the 247Sports.com composite rankings for the Class of 2019, committed to the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday. The North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans were his other two finalists.

Full coverage from our sister paper, the Miami Herald, can be found here.

Carey joins Concord’s Wendell Moore, a 6-5 forward, and Boogie Ellis, a 6-2 guard from San Diego, California, in Duke’s 2019 class.

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An Illinois native, Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald-Sun and Raleigh News & Observer. Prior to his arrival in Durham, he worked for newspapers in Columbia and Spartanburg, S.C., Biloxi, Miss., and Charlotte covering beats including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina athletics and the S.C. General Assembly.
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