Moments ago Vernon Carey Jr. was selected #32 overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2020 NBA Draft:
Sources: Charlotte is picking Vernon Carey at No. 32 in the NBA Draft.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2020
In his only season at Duke, Carey averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds. He was named ACC Freshman of the Year as well as First-team All-ACC and ACC All-Freshman Team selection. He also was selected USBWA District III Player of the Year and second-team All-American by the Associated Press, Sporting News magazine, Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.
Coach K spoke to Blue Devil legend Grant Hill about Carey’s NBA potential:
“He has become a much better passer. I don’t know who I’d compare him to because if you start doing that you start pigeonholing him. He’s 18-19, let him become who he is…. He can face. He can pick and pop, he doesn’t just have to pick and roll. He’s not like [Jahlil Okafor, Wendell Carter or Marvin Bagley] Especially Wendell, those guys never faced the basket. He’s the best low post player in college. Wendell was learning that. Vernon already has that. He’s not the athlete Bagley is but he’s his own guy. He’s in that mix is what I’m trying to say.”
Carey had 15 double-doubles during the season leading Duke to some big wins: