ESPN No. 2 ranked high school junior Vernon Carey Jr. is a 6-10, 259-pound point forward.
“Vernon is not your prototypical (big man),” his University School of Nova South (Fort Lauderdale, FL) HS coach Adrian Sosa told USA Today. “We allow him to bring the ball up at times. We have him initiate pick-and-rolls. We’ve given Vernon the freedom to play point forward.”
This versatility makes Carey a nightmare matchup for opposing big men.
“Carey has a knack for finding the ball, drawing mismatches when opposing coaches try to guard him with a center,” wrote usatodayhss.com’s Walter Villa. “Carey is almost always able to take those big guys off the dribble, but he can also shoot over them from the perimeter.”
Carey averaged 17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks for Nike Team Florida this spring in the Nike EYBL.
He was also the leading scorer and MVP of the USA U16 national team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina over this summer.
Rivals loves Carey’s game.
“Carey has cemented his standing as one of the nation’s elite prospects,” reads the website’s analysis. “He’s a 6-foot-9 lefty that can extend the defense with the perimeter jumper, make the timely pass to the open teammate, finish through contact and rebound his area. Carey is everything one looks for in a high-level recruit.”
He is the son of former Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Vernon Carey Sr.
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