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Top Center Wendell Carter Aims to Visit UNC

Wendell Carter, who received a UNC scholarship offer a couple months ago, appears poised to claim the top position in the 2017 rankings.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Wendell Carter continues to make a strong case for the No. 1 spot in the class of 2017.

The Georgia native held his own against the top big men in the senior class at the two-day USA Basketball Men’s Developmental Camp and turned in one of the top overall performances. With advanced footwork in the post, Carter was usually finishing with a powerful two-hand dunk or a short jump hook from the block.

“I didn’t have to adjust,” said Carter about the high level of competition. “I wanted to just play my game.”

Carter was last in Colorado Springs when he took part in the USA U16 tryouts this past spring. He earned a starting spot on the team and averaged 13.6 points and 8.8 rebounds and shot 54.9 percent from the floor during the FIBA America’s gold medal run.

“It felt really good being be able to play for my country,” said Carter. “It was a fun experience to get to travel outside of the country.”

Before and after the FIBA Americas, Carter focused on his mid-range jump shot. The improvement was evident as he routinely knocked in deep jump shots off the pick and pop in drills and scrimmages.

“Confidence, that’s my big flaw,” said Carter. “I worked so hard in the offseason. I worked so hard in workouts. When it comes to game time it seems as though I always just go right back down to the post. I’ve worked hard on my mid-range shot and my shot a lot so I need to show that.”

Given the skill-set that the 6-10 Carter possess it’s no surprise that he has almost every school in the country recruiting him. Both Duke and Kentucky offered scholarships in early June.

“I plan on going to Duke for their Countdown to Madness on October 17 and trying to go to Kentucky the Friday before for their Countdown to knock both of those visits out,” said Carter.

UNC offered a scholarship at the end of the summer circuit, which was only the second Tar Heel offer handed out to a player in the 2017 class after Jalek Felton.

“They (UNC) offered early fall and they came by the third day of school to watch me workout,” noted Carter. “I talked to Coach (Roy) Williams and he said he’s really interested in me and really wants to help me get to the next level. He came to school to get to know me. I’m going to visit them and check their campus out, but just not sure when.”

Last year, Carter led Pace Academy to the Georgia state AA quarterfinals but now he has bigger aspirations.

“To win state,” said Carter. “I just really want to win state.”


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