In a gym full of elite basketball players Vernon Carey still sticks out. The 6’10” 250 lbs center from Fort Lauderdale, Florida is obviously one of the biggest players on the court, but he isn’t a lumbering big man. Once the game starts he makes “wow” plays.
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Carey’s description of his game is pretty accurate, “I can dominate inside, but I can also step out and shoot the ball.” He is averaging 17.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game through 9 games in the EYBL. The big man is able to hit jumpers if left open but his strength is the inside game. In the closing moments of a game against the Oakland Soldiers he grabbed an offensive rebound and made a put back with just 0.6 left on the clock to give his team (Nike Team Florida) the win.
Vernon Carey putback for the win pic.twitter.com/8Ntet40Kdx
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Currently his top 8 are: Miami, Florida, Duke, Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas, Michigan State and UNC. Carey said after the July period he wants to cut his list to 5 and plans on signing early in October or November.
Carey heard from Kentucky coach John Calipari recently, “He texted me as soon as Tyrese committed and he said he really wants to coach me and that could be me next.”
Tyrese of course is Tyrese Maxey the 5 star guard that just committed to UK. Carey said he played with Maxey when they were in 9th grade. After Maxey committed he reached out to Carey, “He really wants to play with me.”
Carey likes Maxey’s game, “Really good guard and can shoot the ball and off the dribble he is really good.”
Kentucky is also in with another elite big man in 2019, James Wiseman. Carey thinks they would do well if they played together, “we could be pretty dominate.” He said both of them were versatile enough to play together. That front court would be a dream for anyone who puts together highlight video mixes.