Thursday, April 26, 2018
Wendell Carter Jr., Duke, Blue Devils
Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. Declares For NBA Draft

Duke standout freshman forward Wendell Carter Jr. has joined his recent frontcourt mate, Marvin Bagley III, in declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft. Carter took his time to weigh his options. The Duke Basketball Twitter account broke the news, as Carter announced his plans early Monday afternoon.

The 19-year-old is the final member of Duke’s starting five to declare for the draft.

Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks, and 2.0 assists in 26.8 minutes per game for the loaded Blue Devils, who featured five potential first-round picks in the starting lineup.

Fans were hopeful he would return to Durham.

His Future

Carter is a skilled big man with great court sense and timing. Though some scouts have concerns about his athletic upside, he is a projected lottery pick. The latest mock draft has him slated at No. 7 to Sacramento.

Carter will jockey for draft position with other bigs such as Mohamed Bamba (Texas), Kevin Knox (Kentucky), and Jontay Porter (Missouri). He is viewed as a second-flight forward prospect, behind the top-pick-slated bigs such as DeAndre Ayton (Arizona), Bagley (Duke), and Luka Donkic (Slovenia), among others.

Carter’s father, Wendell Carter Sr., played professional basketball in the Dominican Republic. His mother played at the University of Mississippi.

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