This article is part of our Recruiting Recap series.
After putting together not only one of the best recruiting classes in Duke history for last season, but one of the best in college basketball history, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had his work cut out for him with the 2019 class.
While he wasn't able to again get the three best high school prospects in the country on one team as he did in 2018, headed by eventual No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, Krzyzewski did a great job retooling for his 40th season as the program's head coach. With this class, he's given Duke a solid foundation of guards, wings and big men after losing four of his top five players from last year's squad.
Vernon Carey Jr., C, (6-10, 275)
The consensus on Carey out of high school is that he is the third best big man prospect behind Memphis' James Wiseman and Washington's Isaiah Stewart, but he is still viewed as a borderline top five guy in the 2019 class and the crowned jewel of this freshman class for Krzyzewski. Carey boasts a 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame with a 7-foot wingspan and plays an old-school brand of big man basketball.
Carey likes to spend a lot of time with his back to the basket, displaying a variety of post moves with great footwork and touch around the rim. While Carey's frame is a lot for a man to bring off the ground, the Florida-native is explosive, and he constantly finds himself finishing above the rim