Miami Heat Draft: Is Vernon Carey Jr potentially coming back home?

Vernon Carey Jr. #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play against the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Vernon Carey Jr. #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play against the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /
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Virginia Cavaliers forward Mamadi Diakite (25) shoots the ball as Duke Blue Devils center Vernon Carey Jr. (1) defends(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat need help in the middle of the paint and at the rim. Could a Miami born and bred prospect be the answer to most of their problems there?

The Miami Heat are almost officially on the clock! The NBA draft is a week away and I can’t believe that it is finally going to be here after the year we all have had.

It will be nice to have the draft next week and for the world to be somewhat normal again. With that, we must start to look closely at the prospects and next potential member of the Miami Heat organization.

Vernon Carey Jr is an interesting prospect for the Miami Heat, who have the 20th pick. Carey Jr is a local Miami kid and his Dad Vernon Carey played in the NFL, so you can see the gene pool in the family is strong.

Miami could look at a big in this draft with Meyers Leonard being a free agent and questions whether or not to bring him back. Carey Jr has the size and strength to defend opposing big men.

Carey Jr is definitely on Miami’s radar with an apparent workout Miami had with Carey Jr last week. Let’s look at a few of the details on Vernon Carey Jr.

Age: 19

Wingspan: 7’0”

Height: 6’10”

Weight: 270 ( has been reported that Carey Jr has lost 30 pounds)

Points per game: 17.8

Rebounds per game: 8.8 

Blocks per game: 1.6

Field goal per: 57.7

Offensive rebounds per: 2.68

Now, let’s look a little deeper.