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Duke men's basketball's Vernon Carey Jr. named USBWA National Freshman of the Year

Vernon Carey Jr. feasted inside in his freshman season.
Vernon Carey Jr. feasted inside in his freshman season.

For the fourth time in the last seven years, a Blue Devil was recognized as the top freshman in the nation.

Vernon Carey Jr. joined former Duke players Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor and Zion Williamson as a Tisdale Award winner Wednesday afternoon, given annually by the USBWA to the top freshman in college basketball. The USBWA announced the honor in a release, also naming Dayton's Obi Toppin and Anthony Grant as the top player and coach in the country, respectively.

Duke's 6-foot-10 center quickly established himself as the top freshman in the ACC and in the nation. He previously was named the conference's Rookie of the Year and as a consensus second-team All-American. As the only freshman to earn a spot on the All-American team, Carey's Tisdale hardware is no surprise.

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