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The #2 ranked prospect in the 2019 class has narrowed his list down to five finalists.

Vernon Carey, a 6-9 rising senior power forward at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, announced that he has trimmed his list to Duke, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina.

Those five school have been the ones that Carey has been in touch with the most in recent months.

“I’ve only visited Michigan State and Kentucky so far,” Carey said earlier this week. “But, all of the schools have continually stayed in contact and are showing interest. I had Duke, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina, and Kentucky come down for in-homes recently.”

It appears that Carey will make a final decision this fall. 

Carey is again playing with Nike Team Florida on the EYBL circuit this year. Through the first three sessions this spring he’s averaged 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, shooting 59 percent from the field and 40 percent on three-point attempts.

Carey is one of the premier post players in the 2019 class. He’s also currently ranked No. 2 in the Top247.

Carey was named Florida’s Mr. Basketball this past high school season after averaging 26.1 points and 10.4 rebounds for University School and leading the team to its first state hoops title.

He has also played a key role for USA Basketball since 2016. Last year he was named the MVP at the 2017 FIBA U16 Americas Championship, where the USA team went 5-0 to win the gold medal. Carey’s stats in those games were a team-high 14.0 points (on 75.7-percent shooting) and 6.2 rebounds. He’ll report to training camp for the USA’s U17 World Cup Team on June 15.

His father, Vernon Carey Sr., starred on the gridiron for the University of Miami and played eight seasons at offensive tackle for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.

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