Vernon A. Carey Jr. was born February 25, 2001 in Miami, Florida. He is the son of Latavia and Vernon Carey. His father, Vernon, played professional football as an offensive lineman for the Miami Dolphins from 2004 to 2011. Vernon Jr's late grandfather, Vincent Carey, played college basketball at Oral Roberts University. Vernon Jr. has a brother and two sisters. Carey played his high school basketball at NSU University School in Fort Lauderdale, where he started for all four seasons. As a freshman he averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks a game. He improved those figures his sophomore year when he led NSU to a district state championship. As a junior, he led NSU to a 36-2 record and the Florida 5A state championship. He announced on ESPN SportsCenter in 2018 that he was attending Duke for college ball. Carey was a Blue Devil for one season, 2019-20, where he earned consensus Second-Team All-American honors before declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft. Fans can follow the big center on Twitter @vernoncarey22.