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Chosen 25 forward Vernon Carey Jr. commits to Duke

Duke checks in at No. 3 in the latest USA Today/Coaches Poll, but most experts and analysts agree that the road to the national title runs through Durham, N.C.
That standard isn’t likely to change next season with University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr. suiting up for the Blue Devils. The five-star forward made the announcement in a Thursday afternoon press conference at the school, televised live on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
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Carey, who is ranked No. 3 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, picked Duke over Michigan State and North Carolina.
“The reason why I chose Duke and Coach K is the recruiting class they’re bringing in this year,” Carey told ESPN’s Cari Champion. “Wendell Moore and Boogie Ellis, and hopefully some more guys will come with me.”
In Carey, Duke gets one of the biggest matchup problems in the country because of his versatility.
At 6-foot-10, Carey is a capable ball handler with the ability to create for his teammates, take his man off the dribble from the wing, knock down the perimeter jump shot and overpower and out-maneuver the opposition in the paint.
“They see me as a position-less player,” Carey told ESPN’s Seth Greenberg. “They said I can be anywhere on the court, so that worked well with me.”
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In October, Carey told USA Today Sports that he welcomed the idea of playing alongside another dominant big man; that should help immensely in Duke’s pursuit of La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) forward Isaiah Stewart, who is ranked No. 4 overall in the Chosen 25.
Last season, Carey averaged 26 points and 10.4 rebounds a game in route to leading the Sharks to a state title and the GEICO High School Nationals championship game.
Carey is Duke’s third commitment from the 2019 class, joining Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) wing Wendell Moore Jr., ranked No. 23 overall in the Chosen 25, and Mission Bay High School (San Diego) combo guard Boogie Ellis, ranked No. 25 overall in the Chosen 25.
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Freshmen stars Emoni Bates, Javaughn Hannah have big high school debuts

E.J. Bates keeps a close eye on his son, Emoni, and Javaughn Hannah.
E.J. is the founder and basketball coach of Bates Fundamentals. Emoni and Hannah, two of his star pupils, made their high school varsity debuts this week as freshmen.
Emoni, ranked as the No. 1 high school freshman in the country according to Future150, scored 32 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in Ypsilanti Lincoln (Mich.) High School’s 80-69 win over Ann Arbor Huron on Monday in the Ypsilanti Tip-off Classic at Eastern Michigan.
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On Thursday, Hannah scored 24 points and had eight rebounds in Mt. Clemens’ 60-31 victory over Armada.
Javaughn Hannah of Mount Clemens shows his movement at a lane agility drill test during Bates Fundamentals Basketball Training at Lincoln High School in Augusta Township, Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
Emoni, now 6-foot-8 and the No. 3 player in Michigan according to the Free Press, has been in the national spotlight since he was in the seventh-grade. The 6-4 Hannah, like Bates, has already drawn interest from Michigan and Michigan State.
“Florida State has offered Emoni. DePaul has offered. Both Javaughn and Emoni have been to Michigan and Michigan State,” E.J. said.

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Bates can do everything on the floor from shooting 3s, going to the basket, playing point guard, shooting guard or in the post. Hannah had a dunk during his big debut for Mt. Clemens and has NBA range on his jump shot.
“Not only is Javaughn one of the best freshman in the state, he’s one of the best freshmen in the country,” E.J. said. “He’s already one of the top players in Michigan regardless of class. Emoni could’ve had 40 and 20 (rebounds), but it was a good start. They’re a small team so they’re going to have to run and press.”
Read the rest of the story at the Detroit Free Press.

Chosen 25 forward Vernon Carey Jr. sets decision date

Vernon Carey Jr. is ready to upgrade the frontcourt of one college basketball’s most storied programs.
The University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) star forward announced via his Twitter on Saturday that he would make his college decision on Dec. 6.

I will announce my college decision this Thursday, December 6
— Vernon Carey Jr. (@vernoncarey22) December 1, 2018

Carey, who is ranked No. 3 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, is down to Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina.
In October at USA Basketball Minicamp, Carey told USA Today Sports that he welcomes playing with another dominant big man.
“I think it would be great,” said Carey, who was named to the ALL-USA preseason boys basketball team. “I feel like I have the type of game that can play with anyone. So, yeah, I’d love it.”

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Whoever lands Carey will add one of the country’s most versatile players; at 6-foot-10, Carey is a capable ball handler and playmaker with the ability to knockdown the perimeter jump shot and dominant in a variety of different ways in the low post.
Carey and the Sharks check in at No. 4 overall in the USA Today Super 25 rankings.
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