Report: Miami Heat expressing ‘strong interest’ in Duke University standout'
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The Miami Heat continue to have interest in Duke University big man Vernon Carey Jr.

Miami reportedly conducted a “private workout” with Carey Jr. as they continue to eye prospects ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft.

Now, it has been reported that the Heat have “strong interest” in taking Carey Jr. at No. 20 in the draft.

In his lone season at Duke, Carey Jr. averaged 17.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

He was named the 2019-20 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Year. He was also named a 2019-20 First Team All-ACC player and consensus All-American.

The 19-year-old shot 57.7 percent from the field and displayed a solid shooting touch on 3-point shots. He went 8-for-21 beyond the arc during his freshman season.

Miami certainly could improve upon its frontcourt depth with Meyers Leonard potentially exiting in free agency this offseason.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.