For the class of 2017, Wendell Carter appears to be established as the top priority for the Duke basketball program.
And based on the latest update to the 247Sports Composite, that appears to be a wise move by Mike Krzyzewski and his coaching staff.
I refer to the 247Sports Composite rankings regularly in reference to recruiting as I consider it to be the best aggregator in terms of where guys are ranked in a particular recruiting class.
247Sports recently updated their rankings for the class of 2017 and Wendell Carter is the new player at the top of that list.
As a 6’10”, 250-pound power forward from Atlanta, Ga., Carter was one of the most dominant post players in the Nike EYBL over the summer. He’s nearly unstoppable around the rim and also has a mid-range jump shot that can keep defenses honest.
His skills were on full display at the Peach Jam earlier this summer, where he earned co-MVP honors while helping lead his Georgia Stars team to the tournament title over Jayson Tatum’s St. Louis Eagles team. Carter racked up 24 points and 13 rebounds in the Peach Jam championship game.
He replaces DeAndre Ayton of California as the top ranked player in the 2017 class, who’s now slotted at No. 2.
Duke is considered to be one of the early leaders in the recruitment of Carter, who’s also talked regularly about wanting to team up in college with Gary Trent Jr., one of the top ranked shooting guards in the 2017 class that the Blue Devils are also pursuing.
Carter is also being targeted by many of the other biggest names in recruiting, including Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and Florida State.
With the potential for Duke to land Harry Giles in the 2016 recruiting class, Carter could have the opportunity to step in and immediately replace Giles (almost a certain one-and-done) in the post for the Blue Devils in 2017.