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 ESPN.com:
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.