Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Carey commits to Duke

Coach K celebrates with the Duke mascot Duke basketball recruiting update: Vernon Carey makes his selection between Duke, UNC and Michigan State
Cassandra Castillo | 08 December, 2018, 21:05

Duke is going bowling for the sixth time in the last seven season, and this year the Blue Devils will be spending the holiday season in balmy Shreveport, Louisiana. So good in fact, that they never have a rebuilding year. In the era of the one and done player this is hard to do. Maybe one day Duke will slip.

The 6-foot-10, 275-pound son of a former National Football League offensive tackle (his dad played eight seasons for the Miami Dolphins) is ranked No. 2 on the 247Sports Composite and is only expected to spend one season in college.

Duke pulled off yet another massive recruiting victory on Thursday when Vernon Carey Jr., the No. 2 prospect in the nation for 2019, announced his commitment to Coach K's team.

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Elite big man headed to the ACC. While many pointed to current Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel as the architect of Duke's recruiting resurgence, it's clear that Jon Scheyer, Nate James and Chris Carrawell are very talented recruiters in their own rights.

Carey joins Wendell Moore, a five-star forward and Boogie Ellis, a four-star combo guard, among high school recruits in the 2019 class who have pledged to Duke, giving the Blue Devils a top-10 class nationally. So it was totally reasonable for some to wonder if his departure to become Pitt's head coach last March might cause Mike Krzyzewski's program to slip a little, or a lot, on the recruiting trail in his absence. And considering Duke is still seriously involved with at least two other top-10 prospects, it's possible, if not probable, Coach K's class will improve with time.

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