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Vernon Carey ends his AAU career with a bang - Breaks down his final five schools

By Pat Lawless, 07/29/18, 4:45AM EDT

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Vernon Carey looks to take his time with his college decision

Five-Star prospect Vernon Carey has been one of the biggest standouts in Las Vegas. For his final week of AAU basketball Carey, Scottie Barnes and others decided to join forces with E1T1 United. Carey enjoyed this new experience.

“It’s been pretty good, but guys like Tre Mann and C.J. Walker got hurt,” said Carey. “Playing with everyone on their team has been a good experience.”

Although Carey didn’t accomplish his goal of winning the Las Vegas Fab 48 championship, he still played with a big time motor.

“I didn’t want to take any plays off because my AAU season was about to be over with,” Carey said. “I did my best and gave it my all.”

Looking forward to his recruitment, Carey took his first official visit to Michigan State in February. He now has two visits planned for Duke and Kentucky for their midnight madness.

“I’ve set two official visits to Duke and Kentucky,” he told Prep Circuit. “I just wanted to see each of their programs and what they are like. They invited me to Countdown to Craziness and Big Blue Madness.”

Carey believes he can thrive in Duke’s system if he were to go there.

“Coach K, it’s pretty much him,” he said. “I like the team they have right now and just their program overall. It’s just a winning program and I could thrive in there.”

As for Kentucky, Carey likes what head coach John Calipari does for his players.

“Coach Calipari gets his guys one and done,” Carey said. “It’s pretty much the school to go to if you are looking to do that. He’s just going to push you to be your best.”

Miami is pitching at Carey to try to stay home and suit up for the Hurricanes.

“They have been talking about continuing my legacy with my father,” he said. “I can stay home and be a hometown hero.”

North Carolina’s Roy Williams believes Carey will fit in seamlessly within their program.

“Coach Roy Williams has talked to me about thriving in their program,” said Carey. “They are definitely a winning program and I like that.”

Michigan State already had Carey on campus for an official visit last February. He got to learn a great deal about their program during his time there.

“They have a family like environment,” Carey said. “Coach Tom Izzo, Coach Fife and pretty much the whole coaching staff are all good guys and just want you to be successful.”

Carey’s recruitment is further down the line than most class of 2019 prospects as only five schools remain, but he plans on taking his time with his decision.

“I think I’d say February,” he said. “The relationship they have with my family and just looking at my options and seeing where I fit in the best will make my decision.”

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