Vernon Carey Jr. is one of the most sought-after basketball recruits in the country. Virtually every major collegiate basketball program wants the 5-star power forward to headline their 2019 recruiting class.
Not every program is going to get that opportunity, however. In fact, there are now only five schools left that are still in the running for Carey Jr.’s services.
Which SEC team was included as one of those finalists? The Kentucky Wildcats, of course.
— Vernon Carey Jr. (@vernoncarey22) May 16, 2018
When you look at Carey Jr.’s physical makeup, it’s not surprising that so many teams are after him. At 6-foot-9, 245 pounds, the power forward from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is an intimidating presence physically. He’s a force as a rebounder on both sides of the court and possesses the athleticism needed to excel at the next level.
That’s why he is considered the No. 2 overall prospect (No. 1 power forward), according to the 247Sports composite.
With two 5-star prospects (Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey) and one 4-star talent (D.J. Jeffries) already committed, the Wildcats already have the nation’s top recruiting class for 2019. That doesn’t mean Carey Jr. wouldn’t put the class on another level, however.
This can be a special group if coach John Calipari can pull off the upset over Duke, which is currently considered the favorite to land Carey Jr.