Miami Basketball Recruit Jalen Carey Decision Date Close

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Ja'Quan Newton
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Ja'Quan Newton /

Adam Zagoria of the MSG Network and Zags blog, wrote in a post that point guard Jalen Carey is considering announcing his college decision on his birthday. Miami basketball seems to be one of three finalists with Syracuse and UConn.

Carey would be the first commit for the Miami Basketball Class of 2017-17. The 6’3 point guard discussed what he likes about each of his finalists with Zagoria.

Carey plays with the NJ Playaz AAU team and preps at Immaculate Conception in Montclair, New Jersey. He is rated as the nation’s 11th best point guard in the Class of 2018 by 247Sports.Com Carey is a four-star player and ranked as the nation’s 51st best player overall.

Syracuse is predicated as 71 percent chance to land Carey according to 247. Carey made his visit to Syracuse last weekend. He also was visited by Orange coach Jim Boeheim, UConn Coach Kevin Ollie and Miami Basketball Coach Jim Larranaga at the Garden State Basketball Clinic that was held at Immaculate Conception.

Zagoria spoke to Carey at the clinic on Friday about where he is at in the decision-making process.

"“I’m still just trying to see what’s the best school for me, so I’m taking it all in. It’s getting a little bit stressful, but I’m managing to take it in. My mom and my dad and my coaches are helping me out.”“I was thinking about committing on my birthday, Oct. 11th…I spoke with my principal about it, she said we could set up something here, like a school day.”"

Although 247 lists Kansas as having the second-best chance to land Carey, he told Zagoria that it’s down to UConn, Miami and Syracuse.

"“I’m mainly focused on these three schools [Miami, Syracuse and UConn], it’s been a long process…I think now it’s just time to focus on these three schools and make a decision by next month.”"

Carey is the only guard being recruited by Syracuse. He told Zagoria that the Orange told him he would get a chance to play right away and have the ball in his hands.

Although UConn just signed a guard they told Carey he would still have a chance to come in and play. Carey said he’s impressed by UConn’s use of multiple guards.

Miami will lose Senior point guard Ja’Quan Newton following the season. There is also a good chance that Sophomore guard Bruce Brown and Freshman Guard Lonnie Walker leave for the NBA after the 2018 season.

Carey told Zagoria about Miami:

"“Miami is the same as Syracuse’s message, they feel I can come in and play right away. They feel like they can develop me into that NBA player that they think I can be. And just hearing that from them is something special as well…Ja’Quan Newton is a senior, too…They’re just looking for guards to come in and take on their roles and do even more than what they did. They feel like I’m able to do that.”"

Carey’s mother seems impressed by all three of her son’s finalists. She told Zagoria:

"“All three of the schools are great as far as basketball-wise. All three of them have great academic programs so it’s really hard to say which one stands out right now. And they’re all great programs, so whichever one he does pick, it can’t be a bad choice.”"

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