Tough to say what the Hurricanes’ basketball roster will look like two recruiting cycles from now, but Jim Larranaga would like to sign a player who’s father is well-known to South Florida football fans.
Vernon Carey Jr., a sophomore-to-be at Davie-University School, is ranked No. 19 in the 2019 class by ESPN. He’s a 6-foot-9 power forward who stood out against older competition in a NBPA Top 100 camp in Charlottesville, Va. last weekend.
The camp, according to ESPN, attracted “some of the nation’s top talent in all classes.” Carey was one of two players described as having the highest potential.
Carey’s father, who spent his entire eight-year career with the Miami Dolphins, was a member of the 2001 national championship team and was a first-round NFL draft pick (14th overall) in 2004. He grew up in Liberty City and played at Miami Northwestern High.
His son, who apparently outgrew football while growing up in Davie, is a rare blue-chip basketball prospect from South Florida.
According to ESPN, the Hurricanes, Florida, Georgia State and Saint Louis have offered the younger Carey a scholarship (VerbalCommits.com says Baylor, which like Georgia State offered Carey before Miami, is also in the mix). Arizona, Kansas, Wake Forest, Florida State and UCLA are “showing strong interest.
ESPN’s scouting report from the Top 100 camp called Carey “a powerful and exceptional finisher in transition with length, strong bounce and terrific hands.”
More from the report:
Carey is best along the baseline with his short drive game and demonstrated a beautiful pull-up jumper to mix in with his post play. At this time attacking the rim is what he does best and he’s very effective along the baseline. His natural passing instincts are impressive as he is a willing passer to open teammates in scoring positions. Doesn’t force the issue and plays with a impressive confidence but not a cockiness. His next step is to go from prospect to player.
Miami is also recruiting Carey’s University School teammate, 7-footer Balsa Koprivica. See both in action here: