WENDELL CARTER JR.
WENDELL CARTER JR. 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 260 POUNDS
POSITION: POWER FORWARD/ CENTER
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE LOTTERY TO PICK NUMBER 20 (HOW WILL HE TEST AT COMBINE?)
Wendell Carter Jr. was part of Duke’s great 2017 recruiting class. Last year’s winner for Morgan Wooten National High School Player of the Year has played in the shadow of freshman teammate Marvin Bagley Jr. However, Carter Jr. has shown the skills and abilities that made him a consensus top 5 recruit.
The 6’9″ Georgia native has been the second best player for the Blue Devils this season. The power forward has shown that he can be a low-post force. He shows a real knack to score from 10 feet and in as he has a real soft touch around the basket. Carter Jr. is one of the best low-post scorers in the ACC Conference. We like the fact that the big-man already has advanced back to the basket moves. He can hit the turnaround jumper. The ability to step out to 15-feet and hit the mid-range jumper is already in his arsenal.
The freshman is a better athlete than given credit for. The 260-pounder can take opposing PF’s off the bounce and finish strong. In our opinion, he already has an NBA offensive repertoire that will translate to the NBA next year. While his range from 15-feet and out needs work, he does show consistent shooting mechanics. If he can eventually expand his range, Carter Jr’s offensive game will go to another level.
Carter Jr. is a big time college rebounder. He is averaging just under 10 rebounds per game in his 27 minutes of playing time per night. The youngster has an old school style of play. He beats opposing defenders down with his strength and physicality. It has been his play on both ends of the floor that has allowed Marvin Bagley III to flourish as both players need to be double-teamed on most nights. Despite not being an elite athlete or an above the rim type of player, the freshman is averaging 2.7 blocks per game. He shows very good timing and gets a lot of blocks from the weak-side. The ability to rebound usually translates to the next level. It will be interesting to see if he can block shots at the rate he is now when he eventually battles against premier and athletic NBA big-men
Improving range on his jumper and getting into the best physical condition possible are the 2 areas we feel Carter Jr. needs to improve upon going forward. NBA teams will appreciate his bruising style of play. While the NBA has been trending towards a more wide open setting with it’s big-men, there are always spots open for young and talented players like Wendell Carter Jr. He is expected by many to be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. While his upside may not be high as other lottery type of players, he is one of the most NBA ready. We would be surprised if Wendell Carter Jr. doesn’t end up being a future 10 year NBA starter. He is a very good and solid player who still has room to grow. The Duke star will be one of the safest picks in this year’s June Draft.
PRO’S AND CON’S OF WENDELL CARTER JR.’S OVERALL GAME
Has an advanced low-post game for a freshman
Very good rebounder
Is a tough and physical player/ Won’t back down from anyone
Isn’t an elite athlete
Not overly explosive
Needs to expand his shooting range
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF WENDELL CARTER JR.
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