Duke Basketball: Vernon Carey Jr. expects to commit within two weeks

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The Duke basketball coaches’ highest-ranked 2019 target recently trimmed his list to three and is planning to announce his final decision within the next two weeks.

Christmas morning could come a few weeks early for Duke basketball fans.

And they may find exactly what they want under the tree — news that the newest member of #TheBrotherhood is five-star 2019 center Vernon Carey Jr., who recently told Chris Nelsen of the Detroit Free Press that “within the next two weeks, I should make my college decision.”

Or Duke fans may instead find a stocking full of switches — equivalent of hearing that Carey Jr. will be a UNC Tar Heel.

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It’s also possible he picks Michigan St., the other school on his final list that he announced last week.

Whichever of the three programs ends up with the 6-foot-10, 275-pound Florida native will be adding to its 2019-20 roster an athletic bruiser with impressive skills, both in the paint and beyond the arc. He is ranked No. 2 overall on the 247Sports Composite.

The Blue Devils have long been the favorite to land Carey Jr. Currently, 53 percent of the experts at the 247Sports Crystal Ball are predicting he will choose Duke; however, it should be noted that experts who picked Miami and Kentucky have not yet entered new picks since he cut those two schools from his list.

He took his official visit to Duke the weekend of Oct. 19, coinciding with Countdown to Craziness.

Expect any day now for Carey Jr. to release the date and time of an announcement ceremony.

If he commits to Duke, he will arrive next summer with at least two other 2019 recruits. Five-star small forward Wendell Moore (ranked No. 24) and four-star combo guard Boogie Ellis (ranked No. 36) both signed a letter of intent during the early signing period.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have also extended offers to five-star center Isaiah Stewart (ranked No. 6), who just took his official visit to Duke last weekend, and five-star forward Matthew Hurt (ranked No. 7), who has not yet scheduled an official visit to Duke. They have not yet offered a scholarship to five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards (ranked No. 4) but did make his list of eight that he put out earlier this week.

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