Wendell Carter Reportedly Undecided On Entering NBA Draft


According to a recent report, Wendell Carter and his parents are split on whether or not he should enter the 2018 NBA Draft. He’s currently the lone member of last year’s Duke recruiting class to announce whether or not he’s entering. Trevon Duval, Gary Trent and Marvin Bagley have all announced that they will be leaving after one year.

However, it’s not just Carter that’s undecided on whether or not to leave Duke after one year – his parents are also split. In a story on ESPN, his mom is quoted in saying she would like him to return to school because ‘he’s an 18-year old kid who is a student at his core.’ On the other side, his father is quoted saying ‘he’s always tried to keep Wendell ahead of the curve and thinks it’d be a good idea for him to go to the NBA.’

You have to remember that Carter is a different guy. This is someone who seriously considered going to Harvard to play basketball because of its academics. Plus, we’ve seen guys like this decide to come back. So far this year Daniel Gafford announced he’ll be back at Arkansas. Last year we saw Miles Bridges and Robert Williams pass up on being lottery picks for another year in college. It wouldn’t really shock me to see Carter do the same.

Carter was a bit overshadowed this year at Duke, but still produced big time numbers. He averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, despite playing alongside Marvin Bagley. At 6’10” he’s an excellent passer from both the low and high post and can even step out and shoot the ball. He’s also an excellent rim protector as he averaged over 2 blocks per game while playing the anchor position in the 2-3 zone.

If he returns to Duke, he’d be the traditional post player that K likes to play with. Right now they are expected to be a bit of a small ball team with Zion Williams, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones all coming in – making up the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. If he leaves he’ll be a lottery pick as I think he’s one of the 10 best players eligible for the draft. The other thing to remember if he stays. The 2019 NBA Draft looks fairly weak at the moment. Assuming he doesn’t completely bomb as a sophomore, he could actually make more money on his rookie contract by being selected higher due to the weaker draft.