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UNC Recruiting: Vernon Carey Jr. commits to Duke

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The second-best recruit in the country has made his decision.

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This afternoon, Vernon Carey Jr. announced that he will be taking his talents to Duke for his college career. He made the announcement this afternoon at NSU University School in Florida, and brought an end to a recruitment race that UNC managed to stay in the entire way through.

Throughout just about his entire recruitment, the Duke Blue Devils were the favorites to land Carey. It was pretty easy to to see at least part of the reason why — to this point, Coach K only managed to receive commitments from five-star small forward Wendell Moore, and four-star combo guard Boogie Ellis. Carey was one of three offers left on Duke’s recruiting board, with the other two scholarships being offered to Matthew Hurt and Isaiah Stewart.

Vernon Carey committing to Duke is merely confirming what we expected all along, although the amount of drama near the end did make things interesting at least. What was looking like a quiet recruiting class for the Blue Devils is now looking like a solid to really good class, especially when considering the inevitable drop of incoming talent compared to their 2018 class. Carey will inevitably be a starter for Duke, and will have a chance to showcase his talents in hopes to become the next in a long list of Duke players that entered the NBA Draft following their freshman year.

We would like to wish Vernon Carey the best of luck with his college career. Stay tuned to THB for further recruiting updates.