For the class of 2017, the Duke basketball program has made Wendell Carter Jr. one of its top priorities.
The 5-star 6’10”, 250-pound forward from Atlanta, Ga., is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 2 power forward and No. 2 overall player in the 2017 class, ranked only behind DeAndre Ayton.
Carter is the latest elite hoops prospect to launch a blog with USA Today High School Sports, which has become common over the past couple years.
Current Duke commits Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles also have blogs that they’ve updated and it provides a nice glimpse into the life of a top recruit and allows fans to get to know more about these young guys.
In his first post, which went live on Wednesday morning, Carter writes about how his high school team is off to a rough start to the season and how he’s trying to improve as a leader.
He also mentions that he intends to cut his list of possible college choices down to eight in the future, but doesn’t have a set timetable for his decisions. The Blue Devils are rumored by many to be one of the leaders for Carter, who also plans to take visits to Kentucky and Harvard.
Carter has talked about wanting to play in college with 5-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., who’s also received an offer from Duke for the class of 2017.
Here’s a quote from Carter about whether he and Trent intend to stick with the idea of teaming up in college:
“I think it’s more likely that it’ll happen than not. You can never say 100 percent, but our parents have gotten close and they’re involved with it too so it’s looking good.
Most of the coaches recruiting us are aware of it too.”
Duke’s had success with this concept recently, between the duo of Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones and next season’s tandem of Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum. It could lead to another dynamic class in 2017 with guys like Carter and Trent.