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Duke lands No. 3-ranked prospect Vernon Carey Jr.


"The reason why I chose Duke is Coach K, just the recruiting class they're bringing in this year, Wendell Moore and Boogie Ellis, and hopefully some guys can come with me," Carey said on SportsCenter.


Duke was a mainstay in his recruitment and was long considered one of the favorites, but the Blue Devils needed to make up ground on Michigan State this fall.


Playing for Nike Team Florida, Carey took his game to another level at the Peach Jam, also squaring off against five-star centers Armando Bacot and Trayce Jackson-Davis , but averaging 23.0 points and 10.4 rebounds for the week.


Carey finished the Nike EYBL campaign averaging 19.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, attempting nearly three 3-pointers per contest at a 33.9 percent clip.


The skilled big man has also won two gold medals with USA Basketball, including the U17 World Cup last summer when Carey averaged 11.0 points and 6.9 rebounds en route to earning all-tournament honors.


brings a unique combination of power and skill to the court," said Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director.






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