WENDELL CARTER JR.
#5 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2017)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 260 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/CENTER
HIGH SCHOOL: PACE ACADEMY IN GEORGIA
CHOSE DUKE OVER: ALABAMA, HARVARD, GEORGIA, GEORGIA TECH AMONG OTHERS
PLAYER SUMMARY: One of the biggest and surprising recruiting battles ended recently. Carter chose Duke over Harvard, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. The big-man will presumably take over for Amile Jefferson and Harry Giles next season in the Blue Devils starting line-up.
We recently watched the 5-star recruit on ESPNU while participating in the HoopHall Classic, which was played in Massachusetts. Carter was matched up with fellow 5-star recruit, Nick Richards, out of New Jersey. Carter played very well. After fully evaluating his game, we see why he is rated among the top 5 players in the class of 2017.
We don’t see many weaknesses in the future Blue Devil’s overall game. He already has the look of a college upperclassmen as he sports a very well developed frame. He has a very advanced offensive repertoire. He shows the ability to hit the turnaround jumper with both hands, which not many college players can do. His footwork is outstanding for a high school player. He shows a very nice shooting stroke as he can hit the 15-foot mid range jump-shot. We have also seen him expand his range out to the 3-point line, however, it is inconsistent at this point in time.
We love his touch around the basket. He makes it look very easy. Weighing around 250-260 pounds, he is a force on the blocks. He finishes dunks with authority. He has an edge to him that we like. He offers perhaps the best overall offensive package among big-men in the class of 2017.
In our minds, Carter will be a very difficult cover when down on the blocks. He sports a 7’3″ inch wingspan, which makes him a rebounding force on both ends of the court. While we don’t consider him an elite athlete, he is a very good one for the center position, which we believe is the position he will play at Duke. He shows nice timing when blocking shots.
Carter is a solid passer and ball-handler for his position. He passes out of double-teams well, which is something he will need to continue refining. He will be sure to get certain defensive looks that he won’t have seen before so it will be important for him to be able to pass and not try to do too much.
In our opinion, Wendell Carter is one of the most refined players in high school basketball. He should have an easy transition to the college game. His offensive skill-set is second to none among high school big-men. He is a very impressive looking player. We don’t see many negatives to his overall game. He can become a better free-throw shooter and improve his lateral quickness.
As Carter continues to refine his overall game and once he lands in Durham next fall,we expect his game to grow even stronger. The Duke coaches will enjoy working with such a talented player. There aren’t to many players in college who will have the overall basketball skill-set that Wendell Carter will have. We fully expect him play a major role for Duke. He may as well be a 1 and done college player.
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF WENDELL CARTER
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