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Izzo, MSU Lose Another Top Recruit To Duke

This time it was the No. 2 player in the class of 2019.

December 06, 2018 - 1:28 pm

A familiar story came to a familiar conclusion on Thursday when Vernon Carey, one of the best high school basketball players in the country, committed to Duke over Michigan State. Carey, ranked No. 2 in the class of 2019 per 247 Sports, announced his decision in a televised news conference on ESPN. 

North Carolina was also in the mix, but it was widely believed that Carey's final choice was between Michigan State and Duke. He said he settled on Duke, in part, to be part of a recruiting class that already featured two of the top-40 players in the country. 

It's far from the first time that a highly-regarded recruit has picked Duke over Michigan State. In fact, not a single player with offers from both schools has ever gone to MSU, at least in the era of online recruiting databases. 

Prior to Carey, Tom Izzo was most recently bested by Mike Krzyzewski in the battle for five-star Gary Trent Jr. in 2017. 

Carey, a 6'10 center with the ability to play multiple positions, would have been the highest-rated player to ever commit to Michigan State, according to 247 Sports, just ahead of Shannon Brown in 2003. He took three total trips to East Lansing, most recently on Nov. 10 for the the Spartans' football game against Ohio State. 

The Spartans have two commits in the class of 2019, four-star forward Malik Hall (No. 53 overall) and four-star combo guard Rocket Watts (No. 32), although Watts has yet to formally sign.

They're also in on a trio of five-stars in shooting guards Anthony Edwards (No. 4), center Isaiah Stewart (No. 6) and small forward Keion Brooks (No. 22). Stewart and Brooks are teammates at La Lumiere School in Indiana, the same school that Jalen Jackson Jr. attended before going to MSU.