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Vernon Carey and Jeremy Roach talk recruitment and UK interest

Carey and Roach are beginning official visits and are on UK’s priority list.

Basketball recruiting is heating up, and Evan Daniels of 247 Sports was able to catch up with Vernon Carey and Jeremy Roach after this weekend’s USA Basketball Junior National Team Training Camp.

Carey, the five-star center in the 2019 class, is finally setting dates for his official visits and seems to have set a decision date. Carey talked about playing with USA Basketball and working on improving his jump shot over the summer.

More importantly, Daniels asked about where Carey stands in his recruitment. He also spoke about Kentucky’s pitch.

“Kentucky’s pitch has been to come in there and be a go to guy and just pretty much be a one and done guy and that’s it.”

And when asked how he would handicap his recruitment, Carey reiterated that it’s all open right now.

“To be honest, I feel like it’s all fair game, I feel like they all have similar pitches to me so I feel like it’s all fair game.”

Daniels finished the interview with the question everyone wants the answer to with Carey:

What timeline are you thinking? Do you want to knock this out in November? Probably like the week after my last visit at Michigan State, I don’t know what weekend, but I’ll probably commit right after the early signing period.

Daniels also had the chance to sit down with Jeremy Roach, currently the No. 1 point guard and the No. 16 player overall in the 2020 class in the 247 Sports Composite rankings. Despite only being a junior, Roach is eagerly moving forward in his recruitment and wants to trim his list down in the next few weeks.

Roach is a standout guard at Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI and is quickly compiling scholarship offers from top schools across the country, including the Duke Blue Devils, Maryland Terrapins, North Carolina Tar Heels, Virginia Cavaliers, Villanova Wildcats, and Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky has been recruiting Roach for a while, and after Coach Cal saw him play early this fall, offered him a scholarship on September 26.

“I like the way they play and Coach Cal is straightforward and trying to help me reach my goal and to help me out,” said Roach about Kentucky.

Roach has spent the fall working on his leadership on the court and making his jump shot more consistent. With his recruitment starting to heat up, Roach says he hopes to make his decision early.

Be sure to read Carey’s full interview here and Roach’s recruiting update here.

Also enjoy these highlights from both players.

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