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U-School’s Vernon Carey Jr. Named Preseason All-American

In an area where football is king, South Florida basketball gets lost in the shuffle a lot of times.

But when you have a player that stands 6-foot-10, weighs 250 pounds and is regarded as the No. 2 overall basketball recruit in the country, you have no choice but to pay attention.

Davie University School senior center Vernon Carey Jr. was named to the USA Today 2018-19 American Family Insurance All-USA Preseason Boys Basketball team this past week.

The son of former University of Miami and Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey, Carey Jr. averaged 26 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks per game during his junior campaign and has earned a 0.9995 composite ranking from 247sports – the second-highest in the 2019 recruiting class. He also participated in USA Basketball’s Under-17 World Cup team, along with U-School teammate and Class of 2020 standout Scottie Barnes.

Also, the U-School star led the Sharks to their first-ever hoops state title this past season, powering the team to a 33-2 record and a No. 3 ranking in the national polls.

Barring any unfortunate circumstances, Carey Jr. will once again be the top player in South Florida and will be a shoo-in to earn multiple awards and accolades – including being named a McDonald’s All-American at the end of the season. Carey Jr. recently released his top three of colleges, naming heavyweights North Carolina, Duke and Michigan State as the top three contenders to earn his collegiate pledge.

Carey took a visit to his dad’s alma mater, but the Miami Hurricanes didn’t make the final cut.

J.T. Wilcox
J.T. Wilcox is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked in South Florida for more than a decade. He authors "The Bald Predictions" blog and "The Baldcast" podcast.

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