The Duke Basketball Program received a verbal engagement on Thursday from its 25th five-star recruits this decade, which also marks…
As a lifelong duchy campaign fan that rejoices at the moment, a forward-looking talent continues to play for the Blue Devils – no matter how often it happens – writing the headline for this article gave me a mess. And so I ask you to carry me because I take the time to enjoy reformulating this news in several ways:
9-center Vernon Carey Jr. unite #TheBrotherhood
The last felt sweetest to write. But there are probably laugh-inducing headlines – for now.
Engagement from Carey Jr., who made the message live on ESPN Thursday afternoon from his NSU University School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Marks the fifth straight year that the Blue Devils have snagged at least one of the three three recruits in the country.
The 6-foot-10, 275-pound son of a former NFL-offensive tackle dad played eight seasons for the Miami Dolphins) is ranked No. 2 on the 247Sports Composite and is expected to spend only a season at college.
His massive frame and polished skills in the color, similar to the former Duke Basketball great Elton Brand, are likely to make him the focal point of the crime next season – three, possibly four, of Blue Devil’s current beginners entrees are NBA-bound after this season. Also for a big man he has a smooth outer shot and dirty handle in open court.
If you do not spend a lot of time on YouTube and have never seen Carey Jr. playing, here is a mixtape courtesy of Courtside Films – from this time the summer:
Now think that the guy does all this – and more – in a duchy shirt.
Do not know if you, but I feel a wave of relief that forcing away any concerns I had about the talent level on roster for next season. Although it will be a sad day when Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and (probably) Three Jones leave Durham after this season, it is comforting to know that a happy day will soon follow when Carey Jr arrives on campus.
Addition to the comfort, except Carey Jr.. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his co-workers have been awarded commitments from five-star little forward-looking Wendell Moore (rank 24 on the composite ranking) and four-star combo guard Boogie Ellis (ranked No. 36), both signing a letter of intent last month.
Coach K and Co. Also waiting for two other top 10 recruited decisions: Center Isaiah Stewart (ranked No. 6), who has said he would not mind playing with Carey Jr. and could announce his college’s choice at any time and forward Matthew Hurt (ranked No. 7), who has planned an official visit to Duke for the weekend January 19th, but is not expected to think until spring.
Although he does not offer him a scholarship from now on, Duke has landed on the list of The last eight schools are considered by five star shooter guard Anthony Edwards, recently reclassified to 2019 and ranked No. 4 in total.
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