Carter showcases talent

Wendell Carter, who ranks No. 5 in the 2017 class and No. 22 in Scout's Ultimate 100, which ranks the best players regardless of class, participated in the Elite Preview last weekend. Carter showcased his skills and discussed his recruitment with Scout.

Arguably the top prospect heading into last weekends Elite Preview, which consisted of the best players in the state of Georgia, was 6-foot-10, 245-pound Wendell Carter.

The big man at Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy certainly showed why he’s highly regarded, as he used his strong frame and size to his advantage, reeling in board after board and scoring both at the rim and facing it.

Carter, who had a strong showing at USA Basketball’s Mini-Camp in the fall, said his sophomore season has been up and down.

“Starting out the year I was coming in playing real good and averaging 25 and 15,” Carter said. “Further into the season, I don’t know why, but my game went down. One of my flaws is if the competition isn’t high, I play to that level.”

Still Carter finished the season averaging 21.5 points, 15.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game. He said he’s been focused on playing hard, but also sees himself as a versatile threat on the offensive end.

“When I was younger a reporter said one of my weaknesses was running the floor so that’s one thing that I stuck to that a lot of people don’t know,” he said. “I want to be that person who has talent too, but can also dig and get loose balls and be a dog.”

“My strength is pick and pop,” Carter added. “I can shoot. I got a good dribble and go coast-to-coast.”

Carter said he’s heard from Connecticut quite a bit lately and recently picked up an offer from them. He also cited offers from Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

He said Kentucky, Texas and Florida have shown interest and Duke and North Carolina have sent him letters. To date, Carter hasn’t take any visits, but may do “two or three this summer.”

Are there any schools he wants to visit?

“Kentucky and Duke,” Carter said. “Of course [Kentucky is] playing so good right now.

“I like how they are working with Jahlil Okafor,” he added about Duke. “Knowing that I’m not that kind of post player, I like what they are doing with him.”

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