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Wendell Carter isn’t helping Duke’s recruiting

Kyle Terada | USA TODAY Sports

Duke’s Wendell Carter recently made some comments after an NBA workout that aren’t going to help Duke in recruiting. The one-and-done Blue Devil, a projected lottery pick in the upcoming draft, said he and his Duke teammates will be better in the NBA because they will be able to show off more of their skills than they were able to do in Mike Krieyskhsksi’s system.

The full comment, via

NBA lottery prospect Wendell Carter Jr. says he’s confident he will be able to show off more skills at the pro level than he did at Duke. Carter, who is expected to be drafted in the top 10 later this month, says he believes that some of his more famous teammates will be better at the next level as well.

I think even my teammates, all my teammates, weren’t able to show all their strengths,” Carter said after a workout with the Chicago Bulls. “That’s just the college life. You buy into whatever college you go to. You do whatever you got to do to help the team win. I think, not even speaking for myself, but all my teammates, we’re going to be able to show a lot more that we can do at the next level with the spacing on the floor, the fact that it’s the NBA. It’s not no-zone like how we were playing [at times], but it’s a lot more space on the court.”

Carter’s point is probably to say his game is more suited for the open floor in the NBA, which is true for many prospects, but his wording wasn’t the best. It’s safe to say Duke won’t be using his quote in its basketball recruiting pamphlet in the near future.

The coaches recruiting against Duke might, though.

[ESPN: Wendell Carter Jr. looks forward to showing more in NBA]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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17 Comments for Wendell Carter isn’t helping Duke’s recruiting

  1. henderblue
    11:25 am June 5, 2018 Permalink

    In all fairness, UK’s NBA players could say the same thing. A.D, KAT, Booker, Cousins, could all say that their talents weren’t fully displayed in college

    • michaelb
      11:41 am June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Yes you’re absolutely correct but none of the aforementioned inadvertently casted shade on their alma mater with an interview with nba personnel

    • henderblue
      2:08 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink


    • KYcats11
      11:45 am June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Except they didn’t say anything because they enjoyed their time at Kentucky.

    • ukcamel
      11:53 am June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Well AD and KAT were drafted #1 overall. I think the undertone here is that Carter is projected to be a late lottery pick and thinks he would be drafted higher if he got to show his talents. Now, he might just be whining, but Duke and Coach K have definitely had a concerning number of players that were drafted worse than their recruiting rank would suggest. On the other hand, Booker, Ulis, Bledsoe, and WCS and even KAT are all players who were drafted higher than initially projected.

    • mashburnfan1
      12:07 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      We also had many more that were higher draft picks had they gone right from High School than they were after playing here. Works both ways so you should mention both. Last years entire class except Shai. Briscoe, SKJ, Gabriel are the latest but also had Twins, POY etc.

    • nybrasky
      12:35 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      True. But this is also why Cal has the combine and essentially an open door for scouts to come to practice so they can see what players are capable of since everyone has to sacrifice a bit in actual games. I don’t know what Krzyskhywski’s policies are on that stuff.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:41 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      I believe K’s policies are way more self serving, trying to catch up with UK putting top players in the league, further cementing his legacy while copying everything Cal does.

    • Mc12
      1:32 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with this somewhat. However, one gripe against Duke from scouts is they are not sure how their players are defensively especially against the pick-and-roll because Coach K had them running zone defense.

      Offensively to his comment, I agree that most can show more in the NBA because there is more spacing and very little zone.

    • ukcamel
      2:35 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      @mashburn none of those guys would’ve been drafted out of high school either way. The only guys that used to get drafted straight out of high school were the very top players and then some really tall, athletic guys. If you think the NBA is drafting the Harrisons or Briscoe or Poy out of high school, you’re on crack. That being said, those are examples of guys that Cal didn’t get to the first round and that should be viewed as a failure to some extent.

      We’ve probably had 4-5 guys that would’ve gone straight from HS and all of them were drafted in the top-10 after one year – except perhaps Skal the disappointment, and that is hard to put on Cal unless he wasn’t letting him eat or lift weights.

    • bigbluebanana
      3:08 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Mash is a troll who only says negative things about the Cats, he is on crack.

    • UKNUTZ
      4:50 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, some former players have talked about Cal holding them back a bit, but also talked about how much improvement they’ve made and the skills coach Cal and his staff added to their game that they didn’t have before coming here. Over the course of one season at Kentucky, more players than not have been able to improve their game, focusing on improving the skills they need at the next level.

  2. 4everUKblue
    12:38 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Well damn him for being honest. dUKe had more top notch talent than anyone and I don’t believe any team with that level of talent underachieved more than them….except maybe the dUKe team the year before. I love it!

  3. bigblue2284
    1:24 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    He absolutely correct. The spacing in the NBA is so much better for scorers. Wiggins was ok at Kansas but much better once he hit the NBA. Skal is a UK player with the same situation, spacing does wonders. This isn’t a negative for Duke at all it’s the difference in the two games.

  4. Luether
    3:09 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    It’ll be equally interesting to see whether Carter and fellow Dookies can guard anybody at the next level after playing so much zone for K…

  5. TonyMontana
    4:09 pm June 5, 2018 Permalink

    Coach Shashefsky pulled a magic trick getting the top 3 players for 2018. I’m still shocked at that. I’m anxious to see how it works out. It would be nice if we could do something similar in 19 or 20.

  6. chris43
    5:55 am June 6, 2018 Permalink

    Hmmmm….I just became a fan of Mr Carter Jr ?