Wendell Carter and his momma are the gifts that keep on giving. First, we heard all about how the NCAA was just like slavery from Kylia Carter (Wendell’s mom). Next, Wendell himself talked about how his Duke teammates would be able to show a lot more in the NBA and wouldn’t be forced into playing zone defense. But, the Carter’s aren’t finished just yet and this may be the most controversial statement yet.
The former Dukie was drafted No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bulls but Carter and his family did NOT seemed pleased that the Blue Devils brought in Marvin Bagley III in the middle of August last season, just before the start of the season.
Here are some of the quotes that jumped out from Vincent Goodwill’s story:
“Humanly, you didn’t want it to happen,” Carter Jr. said.
“My initial reaction, I was pissed. And it wasn’t pissed because Marvin was coming. To be honest, I felt like that was information that was kept from us,” Kylia Carter said. “It felt (shady), it felt like my baby was gonna get kicked to the curb. I felt like all of that.”
“I tell people. People make promises they can’t keep. It didn’t bother me,” Wendell Sr. said. “I was concerned because I felt like we were lied to. ‘Oh, Wendell’s gonna be the man’ and then the rug was pulled from under us.”
“He told us it bothered him at first. But he said I gotta make it work,” Kylia Carter said. “You’re gonna do all the stuff you already know how to do. And you’re gonna do it at an extreme level. Everything but score. Do everything else to aid.”
“People think I took a backseat to Marvin. I don’t think that’s the right terminology. It’s just that I sacrificed,” Wendell Jr. said. “People think I bowed down to him or allowed him to take the leadership role. But in my opinion I did what I had to in order to win.”
“We have not had our conversation (with Coach K) but we will,” Kylia Carter said. “We almost went there with him when we did our exit interview,” she said. “But he’ll come around to a Bulls game and I’ll get the chance.”
I would STRONGLY suggest reading the entire story because there were even more quotes and a few more shots at Coach K.
This tweet I had earlier this month seems even more relevant.
Remember, Wendell Carter wanted to visit UK for Big Blue Madness. Calipari didn't return the call.
Between his mom's comments and now him ripping Duke… seems like once again Cal knew what he was doing.
— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerKSR) June 5, 2018
The Carter family likes to talk. You never want negative press after a player leaves because it will hurt you in recruiting, but the Carter’s seem to have a legitimate gripe here. Coach K didn’t take anytime to try to smooth over any possible issues. I have a hard time believing that K wouldn’t know Carter was ticked off about the addition of Bagley, so him not trying to work things out is mind boggling.
I have no doubt that K didn’t tell other players/commits/recruits that Bagley would be joining the mix. Hell, the media didn’t really know until Peach Jam that Bagley was seriously considering a move. People behind the scenes say that Duke was the obvious and only choice for Bagley, and the Blue Devils staff tried to start making this happen after they lost Kevin Knox to Kentucky.
So, why is Coach K continually given a pass?
I still can't get over this. pic.twitter.com/sSaRyTzjCS
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) May 2, 2018
Our friend Scott provided us a past example of Coach K doing something shady. This was a quote from THIS story when Coach K made Duke-transfer Semi Ojeleye’s mom cry after shouting at her.
It goes without saying but imagine if this happened to John Calipari? Some of our favorite college basketball writers would have a MUCH busier summer.
Duke brings in another insane group of freshmen for this upcoming season. Remember, E.J. Montgomery hinted that he picked UK over Duke because he may have not gotten along with some of Duke’s freshmen (R.J. Barrett). Remember, there were rumors that Cam Reddish wasn’t thrilled with the R.J. Barrett.
What could go wrong for Act II?