Duke big man Wendell Carter announced Monday that he will become the fourth Blue Devils freshman to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.
With senior Grayson Allen also headed for the NBA, Duke will lose its entire starting lineup from last season. Carter joins fellow freshmen Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval, who each stated their intention to hire an agent, meaning they cannot withdraw from the draft and return to school.
Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game in his lone season after the 6-foot-10 Georgia native signed to play for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. He is the 16th one-and-done player in Duke history.
In a video statement on his Instagram account, Carter said he also intends to sign with an agent. He called playing for Duke “a dream of mine,” and that playing in the NBA is “the opportunity to chase another lifelong dream of mine.”
I’ve put a lot of thought into this tough decision. Attending Duke University has always been a dream of mine. Playing for Coach K was once a dream of mine but God’s endless blessings has made that a reality. I’ve been given the opportunity to chase another lifelong dream of mine in playing in the NBA and with that being said, I will be entering the 2018 NBA Draft with intent of signing with an agent. I will like to thank my family, friends, and fans for being there with me every step of the way. I will forever be a Blue Devil ! #Brotherhood 🔵⚪️
“I want to thank Duke University, my coaches and teammates for helping me so much, not only on the court, but off it as well,” Carter said in a formal statement released on Monday. “We’re all brothers, we all have each other’s backs. I’m really going to miss being around my friends, but I’m really going to cherish the moments we had together. I’m very excited and very happy to say I was part of something special here at Duke.”
Carter is considered a likely lottery pick in the June draft, and a potential top 10 pick. He is viewed as a strong passer and shooter who can also defend the rim, with his main weakness being a lack of quick feet on the perimeter. Carter often struggled picking up ball-screen assignments.
“It was such an honor to coach Wendell,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He and his family were a true joy to have in our program and they’ll always be in our program. He had a sensational freshman year — a double-double guy — and he has so much more potential. He’s going to keep getting better, because he’s talented and he has the best attitude. He really represented himself, his family and Duke in a first-class manner, and whoever gets him is going to be very lucky.”
–Field Level Media