Wendell Carter Declares for 2018 NBA Draft After 1 Season at Duke

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 25: Wendell Carter, Jr. #34 of the Duke Blue Devils concentrates at the free throw line against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional Final at CenturyLink Center on March 25, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

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Wendell Carter is joining Marvin Bagley and Gary Trent Jr. in the NBA. Duke announced Carter’s intention to leave the school after one season and declare for the 2018 NBA draft on Monday.

Carter averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds during his freshman season. The 6’10” forward also flashed some ability to stretch the floor and was an above average passer (2.0 APG) for his position and a solid rim protector (2.1 BPG).

Carter’s parents told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears last week they were unsure whether he would enter the draft. 

“I told him I wanted him to come back [to school],” Carter’s mom, Kylia, said. “His jaw dropped. It has nothing to do with basketball. It’s about you. It’s about who he is. He is a student at core. Yes, he is a great basketball player. But he’s an 18-year-old kid. He is having a tug with a heart and his mind. I don’t feel for him because I think it’s good for him that he is going through this struggle. It’s his decision. He has to live with it.”

      

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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April 16, 2018 at 09:40AM

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