Carter Looking To Rebound From Injury

Wendell Carter has had a very productive summer, but an injury slowed him at the Nike Global Challenge.

CHICAGO -- Class of 2017 big man Wendell Carter has vaulted himself into the top five of his national class and he's one of the best prospects in the country.

After playing at Peach Jam with the Georgia Stars, Carter sat out the Nike Global Challenge due to injury, but he plans on coming back to the floor shortly.

"I've got some kind of groin problem, I don't know yet," Carter said. "When I get back home I'm going to find out. I could have played through it but I just need a break from basketball this week."

Though he took a break from basketball during the second week of July, recruiting has remained busy for the 6-foot-10 native of Georgia. Carter continues to hear regularly from Duke during the recruiting process as well as SEC programs, all of the Georgia schools, Wake Forest and North Carolina. The Blue Devils have differed their approach from some in the pack by maintaining regular communication with Carter.

"They're a pretty good program. I hear from them every day knowing that they want me," Carter said of Duke. "Some schools, I don't hear from often. "I only hear from them and when I do I hear from them every so often. Duke has been on me since the day that they called me."

The commitment of five-star Class of 2016 wing Jayson Tatum has made recent waves in recruiting circles. Carter noticed that Duke picked up another blue chip prospect, but he realizes the two players might not overlap.

"It's big," Carter said of Tatum's commitment. "Most people probably think he's a one-and-done. So if I do end up going, he probably wouldn't even be there."

Things are still early in Carter's recruitment, but he might take a visit or two by the end of the summer.

"Not sure. I might take one by the end of summer or the beginning of next season," Carter said. When asked of the programs Carter would be interested in checking out he said Duke, Kentucky and North Carolina.

When Carter begins to take visits to future programs, he's trying to see how much they'll focus on improving him on the floor and in the classroom.

"What kind of school they actually are. If they really want me to make me a better player or if they want me to just make their program look good," Carter said. "Of course, academics. That's a priority."


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