GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sports Illustrated announced its 2020 college basketball All-America Team with Duke freshman Vernon Carey Jr., earning a spot on the Second Team and sophomore Tre Jones on the Third Team.
Duke and Kansas were the only programs with multiple selections to the SI All-America Teams, as Carey and Jones joined KU’s Devon Dotson (First Team) and Udoka Azubuike (Second).
Carey, who was named the ACC Freshman of the Year and the USBWA District III Player of the Year, is the only player ranked in the ACC’s top 10 in scoring (third, 17.8), rebounding (fourth, 8.8), field goal percentage (first, .577) and blocked shots (sixth, 1.6). The Miami, Fla., native has posted 15 double-doubles this season, which are ranked second among NCAA freshmen and second in the ACC. Ten of his double-doubles have been 20-10 performances, while 14 have come as 15-10 games. Carey is second nationally among freshmen in scoring, third in field goal percentage and fourth in rebounds. The 6-10 center is a semifinalist for the Citizen Naismith Trophy and finalist for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.
Jones, both the ACC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, has been the floor general all season long for the No. 12 Blue Devils, who enter this week’s ACC tournament as the No. 4 seed with a 25-6 overall record and 15-5 conference mark. The sophomore team captain, who is also a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award and the John R. Wooden Award, and a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year, is sixth in the ACC in scoring (16.2), second in assists (6.4), fourth in assist/turnover ratio (+2.4), sixth in steals (1.8) and 11th in field goal percentage (.423). He is the only player ranked in the league’s top 11 in each of those categories. The native of Apple Valley, Minn., is a three-time ACC Player of the Week selection.
Jones and Carey lead Duke into this week’s ACC Tournament, where the Blue Devils will play Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals versus NC State or Pitt.