About Wendell Carter Jr.
Wendell Carter is an athletic young big man with an NBA-ready frame who can do a little bit of everything on the floor and has significant upside in a number of areas as well. An early bloomer, Carter has evolved considerably from a few years ago when he was a thicker, more traditional big man. Emerged as a consensus top-5 player in the high school class of 2017 and a McDonald’s All-American. Playing alongside fellow top prospect Marvin Bagley in Duke’s frontcourt, Carter had a productive year averaging 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game to earn All-ACC Second Team honors. Showed significant flashes of ability in a variety of facets of the game, and at 19 years old, is still only scratching the surface of the player he can become long term.
- Measured 6’10 in shoes with a leaned down 251-pound frame and a 7’4.5 wingspan at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine, prototypical dimensions for a modern NBA center. A fluid athlete with solid explosiveness on the move, there is a lot to like about his physical tools.
- Playing a major complementary role for Duke offensively and doubling as their most active interior defender, Carter’s minutes were limited some nights by foul trouble, but he was one of the most consistent players for Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils all season. Did much of his scoring on hustle plays around the rim. Also, regularly got opportunities to create his own shot in the post and even made some contributions sliding out to the perimeter to space the floor. Possessing impressive coordination, Carter scored with nice efficiency for a freshman big man while flashing a budding repertoire of skills.
- Showed some potential as a rim protector and had some impressive possessions making second efforts over the course of the season defensively, but is still developing his consistency as an impact player. Has a lot of room to grow in terms of awareness on the perimeter. May not be the type of big man who can switch everything, but could hold up better than he did last season as he learns to leave himself a cushion and when and where to rotate. Held up extremely well defending on the ball inside allowing only 0.407 points per Post Up possession[97th percentile] and plays with a promising physicality.