1 - Vernon Carey

6-10, 270 Power Forward/Center
Duke Freshman
Birthday
02/25/01 (19.7 yrs)
Hometown
Fort Lauderdale, FL
High School
University
Athleticism
8
Size
8
Defense
8
Strength
8
Quickness
7
Leadership
8
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
7
Rebounding
8
Potential
8
Post Skills
8
Intangibles
7

NBA Comparison: Carlos Boozer

Strengths:  Steady, smooth bigman with scoring ability and solid strength … Lefty with decent touch and the potential to improve as a mid-range shooter … Played with focus and consistency in his freshman season … Underrated athlete, with good coordination … “Surprisingly agile”. Has good body control for a player his size … Plays to his strengths well … Old school game, in the sense that he’s not overly enamored with drifting out to the perimeter to prove that he can shoot … Turned 19 on February 25th making him one of the younger prospects in the draft … Great feel for playing on the block … Has some polished moves in the paint with the ability to seal his man and score on hook shots as well as fadeaways … Averaged a solid 8.8 rebounds per game in just 25 mpg, showing solid ability to box out and seek out rebounds … Plays with solid energy, sense of urgency, runs the floor hard, staying active … Finishes well after contact with good touch around the rim … Not afraid of playing physical and using his body to establish position and bang in the post … Has a nose for scoring as his 17.8 ppg in 24.9 mpg can attest … Averaged 1.6 blocked shots per game, showing solid anticipation and lift … Good vision and passing skills, especially for a big … Excellent anticipation to jump passing lanes, leading to a number of run out, breakaway dunks … Proved to be a solid rim runner and ally opp recipient … Solid vertical off two feet and a very good second and third jumper … His shooting shows promise, has a fluid motion, but will need work … Shows the ability to use either hand on the block with hook shots and lay ins … Could gain additional speed and athleticism if he were to drop 10 lbs … Should be able to use his weight to his advantage around the basket … Hit 8-21 from three, good for 38%, while on low volume, showing a solid touch from outside … Got to the line a solid 7 times per game, hitting 4.7 (67%), and appears to have the type of stoke that should improve to become a 75% or better FT shooter at NBA level … Very consistent performer. Scored in double figures in all but two games, (with a and 9 points in those two games) …

Weaknesses: Lacks elite speed and athleticism … Lack of foot speed and quickness limits his ability to defend in space and is seen as a detriment to his projected effectiveness at the next level … Lack of top end explosiveness may limit his ability as a scorer in the paint … Was a decent shot blocker at Duke in freshman season at 1.6 per game, but probably lacks the size and explosiveness to be a difference maker or rim protector at the next level … Seems to jump better off two feet and needs to slow down on the break in order to fully gather and explode to the rim, which is less of an issue for bigs … Not the most prolific shooter at this point as most of his points come from in the paint … Should look to expand his range and develop more consistency … Not especially quick off the dribble allowing defenders to crowd him … Weight appears that it could be an issue if Carey doesn’t stay devoted or if he runs into injury problems … Should be able to improve upon his 64% FT shooting … Undersized at the center position. Possesses a 7’ wingspan, at 6’10, making him slightly undersized for a center …

Overall: Projects as a solid mid-late first round pick, and is shaping up to be a sleeper due to concerns about his foot speed … Soft spoken, but shows determination and a willingness to improve and be coached …

Notes: Carey measured 6’9 barefoot, 6’10 in shoes, 277 lbs, with a 7’1 wingspan, and a 9’0.5 standing reach in mid 2018 …Native of Southwest Ranches, Florida … Was rated as the #1 player overall in his class at certain points late in his high school career …  Averaged 17.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg as a freshman at Duke … Put up 25 and 10 in his final game as a collegian against North Carolina … Averaged 21.7 points, 9.0 rebs and 1.1 blocks per game in senior year at NSU University High School …

Aran Smith 8/13/20

NBA Comparison: Domantas Sabonis

Strengths: 6’9.5 left-handed, versatile big man … Good size and length with a 7’0 wingspan … Good strength and build, weighing 263 pounds yet very mobile and well-coordinated … Possesses excellent body control … Versatile skillset … Can score inside and out … Effective offensive game when facing up and in the post with good footwork … Has an effective spin move … Good touch in the paint and uses glass efficiently … Scores in a multitude of ways with floaters and jump hooks … Good combination of power and finesse … Reliable, soft hands … Solid ballhandling ability for his size. Can put it on the floor and drive to the basket … Good jab step … Effective in isolation … Shoots from outside with good form and ball rotation … Averaged 17.4 points per game while shooting 54.3% FG% over the Nike EYBL in 2017 and 17.8 points per game while shooting 55.7% FG% in 2018 … Good court vision and passing ability … Makes accurate cross court passes … Solid athletically … Gets good elevation in the paint and finishes with powerful dunks … Solid shot blocker and versatile tools as a defender … Averaged 1.1 blocks per game over the Nike EYBL in 2017 … Draws fouls at a good rate. Shot 6.4 free throws per game over the Nike EYBL in 2018 … Natural talent with great potential. Can naturally do a little bit of everything, won’t have to completely add new dimensions to his game but can improve upon his weaknesses …

Weaknesses:
Coasts and plays too content at times … Goes through stretches where he isn’t involved in the offense and blends in … Often times the last player up the court … Settles for outside shots and drifts to the perimeter a bit too much … Doesn’t always utilize his physical ability to be a matchup problem, making it easier for opponents when he pulls up for quick shots rather than trying to establish position in the paint … His feel for the game can improve … Learning to recognize/expose mismatches and playing to his strengths will take him a long way … Can get more action off the ball … Doesn’t usually get involved with the offense until the ball is in his hands … Good tools as a defender and moves his feet well at his size but can show more commitment and effort on defense. Doesn’t always get in a stance and lacks as a help defender … Definitely has a workable jump shot moving forward but can improve shooting consistency … Shot 31.7% 3P% over the Nike EYBL in 2017 and 33.3% 3P% in 2018 … Didn’t stand out as a rebounder as someone with his size, tools, and talent can … Averaged 5.8 boards per game over the Nike EYBL in 2017 and seven per game in 2018 … Heavily favors driving to his left … Can limit the turnovers … Averaged 1.9 turnovers per game over the Nike EYBL in 2017 and 2.8 per game in 2018 … Can improve overall consistency … Will need to improve his leadership and intangibles if he wants to reach his long-term potential …

Outlook: Helped University High School to a 36-2 and finished runner up at Geico High School Nationals … 2018 All-Peach Jam: Second Team with averages of 23 points, 51.9% FG%, 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, two blocks, and 1.2 steals per game … 2018 All-EYBL: Third Team … Father Vernon Carey Sr played in the NFL … One of the top talents in the 2019 high school class …

Evan Tomes 10/9/18

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