The Carey, 6 feet 10 inches and 270 pounds, is center # 4 and # 28 overall in ESPN’s best available outlook.
“I have grown as a player and a person, and I feel ready to take the next step,” Carey said in a statement announcing his decision. “After an incredible season, I’m thrilled to be part of the 2020 NBA Draft. I will always appreciate everyone from Duke who has invested their time and energy to make me better – Coach K and our coaches, all of our staff support, our managers, the Cameron Crazies and so many others on campus. Duke is a special place and you already know that I will be back soon to attend a game and support my brothers. ”
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– Vernon Carey Jr. (@ vernoncarey22) April 10, 2020
Carey averaged 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the Blue Devils and was named National Rookie of the Year by the U.S. Backball Writers Association and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
“We were honored to have Vernon and his family on our program this season,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in a statement. “He had an incredible year, being named one of the most valued players on our team, the national rookie of the year and an All-American consensus. I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to train such a great young man. He came every day to get better, and I know the best is yet to come for him. I want to congratulate Vernon and his family on this decision and wish him only the best as he begins what will be a special NBA career. “
Carey is the third Duke underclassman to enter this year’s draft, joining fellow freshman Cassius Stanley and sophomore Tre Jones. The three players were the only Blue Devils to double their points average in the 2019-2020 season.
He is the son of former Miami Dolphins lineman Vernon Carey.