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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Vernon Carey planning on February decision

Carey will visit Lexington for Big Blue Madness.

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Vernon Carey, the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2019, has set a date to visit Lexington. Carey will be in attendance on October 12th for Big Blue Madness, and he hopes to make a decision by February.

Per Adam Zagoria, Carey said that he wants to decide where he’ll be playing college basketball before his birthday. Carey’s 18th birthday is February 25th, so Big Blue Nation will be waiting with baited breath to see where Carey decides to play. He will also visit Duke, Miami (FL), and North Carolina.

Carey also has Michigan State on his list, but he visited the Spartans this past winter. However, new recruiting rules have increased the number of college visits from 5 to 15. A recruit may even be permitted to visit the same school twice as long as it is not in the same calendar year.

The Cats are still chasing No. 1 overall recruit James Wiseman. Both Carey and Wiseman play similar positions. Carey was asked about playing alongside Wiseman, and that didn’t see to deter him at all.

“Yes, for sure,” was Carey’s response when asked if he could see himself playing with Wiseman.

Kentucky’s 2019 recruiting class is devoid of a big man thus far. UK has landed point guard Tyrese Maxey, and wings Dontaie Allen and Kahlil Whitney. With Reid Travis, a graduate transfer, PJ Washington likely to leave after the upcoming season, and EJ Montgomery as a potential one-and-done, Coach Cal is going to need a big man to help fill out the roster.

February 2019 could be a big month for the Kentucky Wildcats. They’ll be right in the thick of SEC conference-play and hopefully awaiting a monumental decision from Carey that would improve their chances heading into next season.