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Michigan State basketball loses five-star recruit to Duke

08 December 2018

The Duke basketball machine continues to roll along. His other finalists were North Carolina and Michigan State.

But more than giving the Duke Class of 2019 the marquee player they so craved, Carey's commitment re-affirmed just how dominant Duke's recruiting efforts have been over the last decade-plus.

Coach K and Co. are also waiting on the decisions of two other top 10 recruits: center Isaiah Stewart (ranked No. 6), who has said he wouldn't mind playing alongside Carey Jr. and could announce his college choice at any time, as well as forward Matthew Hurt (ranked No. 7), who has scheduled an official visit to Duke for the weekend of January 19 but isn't expected to make up his mind until the spring.

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I will announce my college decision at my school, NSU University School tomorrow @ 12 EST!

It's far from the first time that a highly-regarded recruit has picked Duke over Michigan State. He took three total trips to East Lansing, most recently on November 10 for the the Spartans' football game against Ohio State. The recruiting trail has been good to the Blue Devils. MSU has been on the losing end of recruiting battles for Jabari Parker in 2013, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones in 2014, and Gary Trent Jr. in 2017.

According to Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director, "Vernon Carey Jr. brings a unique combination of power and skill to the court".

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Michigan State signed four-star forward Malik Hall during the early signing period.

Izzo said last month that he expects to have room for at least four players in this class.

Carey is a 6'10 center and considered the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2019.

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Michigan State basketball loses five-star recruit to Duke