2017's Wendell Carter Talks Duke

Top five big man prospect says the heavy Duke interest and offer has a profound impact on his game and his approach to the recruiting process.

LEXINGTON -- Georgia native and five-star big man Wendell Carter is quickly emerging on the national scene as a serious prospect.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Carter is currently regarded by Scout.com as the No. 5 overall prospect in the 2017 class and he's picked up a recent scholarship offer from Duke.

Carter spoke with reporters at the Nike EYBL's second stop in Lexington over the weekend and broke down his scholarship offers.

"I don't know if it's official or not, but I have an offer from Duke, FSU, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State and I'm not sure if Texas A&M is one of them but I also think they've offered me," Carter said to TDD.

The Atlanta native is unsure of his scholarship status among some schools in-part because he can't speak with coaches yet about his recruitment. Carter is humbled by the offer from Duke, however, and feels like he has a lot of work to do in order to live up to the hype that surrounds such an offer.

"I think getting an offer, people would take that and be like, 'oh, I have an offer from Duke, I don't have to do anything else.' I take that, and honestly, I don't think I'm there yet. I don't think they should have offered me yet," Carter said. "I need to take it to the next level where I can do more things. Become better with all of the weaknesses I need to work on. Since they did offer me, I just take it as, I need to grind even more, so that if I do end up going there, I can fit in."

Carter looked more than capable of handling the pressures of a Duke scholarship offer with his performance against highly-touted Class of 2016 big man Harry Giles on Saturday. The Georgia Stars came out winners as Carter had 16 points and 13 rebounds on 5-for-7 shooting compared to 12 points and 10 rebounds for Giles.

Playing in the EYBL has given Carter a chance to measure up where he stands against players like Giles.

"Of course Harry Giles is a phenomenal player and he’s one of the best players in his class, but when I get a chance to go against people of that caliber, I take it as an honor,” Carter said. “I can learn from him while I’m playing. I just play like my life is on the line.”

The Stars currently stand 6-2 through two sessions of EYBL play as they're tied for second place in Division D. 


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