The No. 2 overall prospect in the 2019 recruiting class is headed to Duke.
Vernon Carey Jr is a five-star center from Florida and is ranked as one of the top recruits in the nation.
As a lifelong Duke basketball fan who relishes the moment any future-boosting talent commits to play for the Blue Devils - no matter how often it happens - writing the headline for this article gave me goosebumps.
With Carey joining the fold, Duke's recruiting class is starting to take shape and now ranks No. 6 overall.
According to Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director, "Vernon Carey Jr. brings a unique combination of power and skill to the court". Barrett was already playing at a level that put him in the upper echelon of the sport, but is improving his ability to play within the team concept game by game.
Last summer, Carey won a gold medal representing USA Basketball in the U17 World Cup. Over his last two games, the freshman put up 53 points in 53 minutes on 22-of-28 shooting, logging 23 rebounds, dishing 11 assists and grabbing four steals.
It's far from the first time that a highly-regarded recruit has picked Duke over Michigan State. Because he is. But those who thought Duke might struggle, relatively speaking, on the recruiting trail after his departure look incorrect so far.