One of the top performers on the opening day of the Nike EYBL was 6-foot-9, 245-pound sophomore Vernon Carey.
Already regarded as one of the best players in his class, Varey, who goes to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, said following the game that he has something to prove playing in the EYBL this season.
“That I belong here,” when asked what his focus heading into AAU season.
Carey alluded to his age and being a 2019 prosepct and playing up in the 17’s division as a reason he might not belong.
Well lets be clear, Carey more than just belongs. He’s one of the elite players in the country. And his game was on full display in a win over E1T1, scoring 18 points and reeling in five rebounds.
Carey is a versatile offensive threat, boasting the ability to score with hooks on the block or stepping away from the rim and knocking down jump shots. The left-handed post player has terrific hands, very good touch and solid footwork in the paint.
“It was our first time playing together,” he said about Nike Team Florida. “I feel like I did pretty well for that being the first time we have all played together.”
“Those three are recruiting me the hardest,” Carey said. “They come by a lot.”
Miami: “I like coach Jim Larrañaga as a person and as a coach.”
Louisville: “They get their bigs involved a lot, so that’s why I like them.”
Florida: “I like coach Mike White and coach Dusty [May]. I like the whole staff. They are really good guys. If I went there, they would push me.”
Carey is currently regarded as the No. 6 overall and the No. 1 power forward in the 2019 class.