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Vernon Carey Jr.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Honors: MVP of the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and an all-tournament selection at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
  • Gold Medals: 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.
  • As a member of the 2018 USA U17 World Cup Team, started in all seven games and averaged 11.0 pg. and 6.9 rpg. to help the USA to a 7-0 record and gold medal from June 30-July 8 in Santa Fe, Argentina.
  • As a member of the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team, helped the USA to a 5-0 record and gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship; named MVP of the tournament; averaged a team-high 14.0 ppg. and 6.2 rpg.
  • Took part in the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp.
  • Participated in the 2016 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October Minicamp.

High School Honors

  • 2018 MaxPreps National Junior of the Year.
  • 2018 USA Today All-USA first team.
  • 2018 USA Today All-Florida first team.
  • 2017 MaxPreps Sophomore All-American honorable mention.
  • 2017 Sun-Sentinel and Herald Sports All-Broward County first team. 
  • 2016 Sun-Sentinel and Herald Sports All-Broward County second team. 
  • 2017 University School Team MVP.

High School Notes

  • Has played three varsity seasons at University School (Davie, Fla.).
  • As a junior in 2017-18, averaged 26.0 ppg. and 10.4 rpg. to help his team to a 36-2 record, a 5A state title, the City of Palms Classic title and the final game of the GEICO High School Nationals.
  • As a sophomore in 2016-17, played in all 27 games and averaged 22.0 ppg. and 8.0 rpg. to help his team to a 20-7 record and a district championship.  
  • As a freshman in 2015-16, played in all 24 games and averaged 18.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg. and 2.0 bpg. to help his team to a 15-9 record. 
  • Also played football for one year as a freshman.
  • Competed in the summer of 2017 for Nike Team Florida in the EYBL.
  • Helped his team capture the 2016 Nike Peach Jam U15 championship.

Personal Notes

  • Born in his current hometown of Southwest Ranches, Florida.
  • Is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and his school’s Honor Roll.
  • Son of LaTavia and Vernon Carey; has one younger brother, Jaylen, and two younger sisters, Taelynn and Dynver.
  • Grandfather, Vincent Carey, was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Father, Vernon Carey, played football for the University of Miami and Miami Dolphins; grandfather, Vincent Banks, played basketball at Oral Roberts University.

The Scoop

  • Twitter: @vernoncarey22
  • First played basketball: in 2010 when he was in the third grade.
  • Enjoys: Hanging out with friends.
  • Top five movies: Coming to America, Taken, The Lion King, Finding Nemo and The Nutty Professor.
  • Favorite player: LeBron James.
  • Favorite class: Math.

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S MIN FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2018 U17 7/7 108/15.4 34-57 .596 0-1 .000 9-16 .563 48/6.9 77/11.0 7 5 4 6
2017 U16
5/0 77/15.4 28-37 .757 0-0 .--- 14-19 .737 31/6.2 70/14.0 8 9 2 4
Totals 12/7 185/15.4 62-94 .660 0-1 .000 23-35 .657 79/6.6 147/12.3 15 14 6 10

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