Duke Basketball: Vernon Carey Jr. sets announcement date

Vernon Carey Jr., Duke basketball (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Vernon Carey Jr., Duke basketball (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /

Five-star 2019 center and Duke basketball target Vernon Carey Jr. has set the date that he will announce which program will benefit from his services next season.

In just five days, Duke basketball fans have a strong chance to hear the good recruiting news that they have been waiting for the most.

Because in just five days, on Thursday, Dec. 6, Vernon Carey Jr. will announce his college choice. The five-star big man, who is ranked No. 2 overall in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite, tweeted the announcement of the date on Saturday morning. He did not include a time or place.

Last week, the 6-foot-10, 275-pound native of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., put out his final list of three schools: Duke, Michigan St., and UNC. Yesterday, Jake Weingarten of Stock Risers tweeted that “Carey Jr. has now moved his focus on MSU and Duke.”

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According to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, Duke has a 53 percent chance of landing the burly playmaker. If he does end up in Durham, chances are his strong moves around the basket and ability to shoot from beyond the arc would make him the focal point of the Blue Devils’ offense next season.

And based on his array of talents and frame that resembles that of a heavyweight boxer, there is likely zero chance he sticks around in college for more than one year.

As it stands, Duke’s 2019 recruiting class includes five-star small forward Wendell Moore, who is ranked No. 24, and four-star combo guard Boogie Ellis, who is ranked No. 36, both of whom have signed a letter of intent.

In addition to Carey Jr., Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has offers extended to five-star center Isaiah Stewart, who is ranked No. 6, and five-star forward Matthew Hurt, who is ranked No. 7. Also, five-star shooting guard Anthony Edwards, who recently reclassified to 2019 and is now ranked No. 4, has Duke on his final list of eight schools but has not yet received an offer from Coach K.

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