Five Star Big Man Wendell Carter Commits To Duke
Five star big man Wendell Carter announced his commitment to Duke via a produced video released on Bleacher Report on Wednesday morning. Carter becomes the third commitment from the class of 2017 for Duke, and the second five star prospect to sign on with the Blue Devils, joining long time Team USA teammate Gary Trent who committed two weeks ago.
As with Trent, Carter’s lead recruiter was associate head coach Jeff Capel.
Duke had long prioritized Carter over any other player in the class and seemed to really gain traction in the early Spring with several in-home visits. As the recruiting process moved into the summer, the Blue Devils joined Harvard, Georgia, and Georgia Tech as the finalists on the five star’s list. Carter would visit all five programs officially before shutting down the process in mid-November.
Duke’s official visit took place with Trent and other high majors during Duke’s Countdown to Craziness event.
TDD/247Sports analyst Andrew Slater has watched Cater throughout the last two years and believes the Georgia prospect will be the next elite post talent to play for Coach Krzyzewski.
“Wendell Carter is, perhaps, the most dominating low-post big in his class, said Slater. “He’s relatively skilled in the low-post and excellent rebounder on both ends. He can face-up consistently to 14 feet, and has range out to the three-point line. Carter is also a good passer out of both the high and low-post and very solid shot-blocker.”
With Carter on board, Duke’s recruiting class moves up to No. 6 in the 247Sports.com class rankings. The Blue Devils will continue to recruit for a point guard in the class and will also continue to track and heavily recruit five star small forward Kevin Knox who visited officially in October. Coleman has also visited officially.
According to the 247Sports.com class calculator, landing both Coleman and Knox would propel Duke to another top ranked class.
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