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2017 5-Star Wendell Carter Commits to Duke

Wendell Carter | Photo: Chris Summerville
Wendell Carter | Photo: Chris Summerville

The Duke basketball team picked up a commitment today from one of the top players in the class of 2017 – Wendell Carter Jr.

At 6’10”, 250 pounds, Carter is a physical power forward from Atlanta, Ga., who’s ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 3 power forward and No. 4 overall player in the 2017 class.

Carter made his announcement via Twitter in a 007-style video that was produced by Bleacher Report.


He’s been one of the most dominant high school players in the country over the past few years, leading his Pace Academy high school team to multiple Georgia state titles, USA Basketball to multiple gold medals, and an EYBL title on Nike’s AAU circuit.

Many view Carter as the best low-post player in the class of 2017, and he’s expected to make a major impact at the college level.

He’ll be counted on to fill the gap in Duke’s frontcourt that will be left by the graduation of Amile Jefferson and likely NBA departures of Harry Giles and Marques Bolden.

Carter selected the Blue Devils over three other finalists – Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Harvard.

The opportunity of getting to play in college with 2017 5-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. likely played a role in Carter’s decision. Both players have talked regularly over the past year about the idea of teaming up together in college.

Trent committed to the Blue Devils earlier this month.

With commitments from Trent and Carter, it’s the third recruiting season in the past four years where Duke has been able to secure some form of package deal. 2014 was the year of Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor, while 2016 brought Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles.

Now, Carter and Trent join Alex O’Connell as two more dynamic playmakers who are helping Mike Krzyzewski and his staff put together another elite recruiting class for 2017.

And the momentum could keep rolling as Duke is still targeting point guard Matt Coleman, small forward Kevin Knox, and power forward Mohamed Bamba.

Congratulations to Wendell Carter and his family on this exciting announcement. Can’t wait to see him as a Blue Devil!

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