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Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr. reportedly still ‘undecided’ on future

In the past couple of weeks, Duke basketball has watched their star players declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. ACC player of the year Marvin Bagley, Gary Trent, and Trevon Duval have all signed with agents. The one decision still left in the fold for Duke is Wendell Carter. According to an ESPN report, Carter is still undecided about his future — along with his mom.

“Carter liked school, liked his classmates. He took college so seriously that he was close to choosing Harvard over Duke. This is why he is having such a tough time deciding to be a one-and-done. “He’s a student,” his mother, Kylia, said by phone Wednesday.”

“That’s who he is at his core. Yes, he’s a great basketball player, but he’s an 18-year-old kid.”

Kylia Carter is not kidding here — Wendell Carter finished his high school career as the fifth-ranked player. That is a prestigious ranking for a high school basketball player who often will commit to such schools as Duke and Kentucky. Despite the high ranking and offers from big school, Carter had Harvard on his final list of schools before committing to Duke.

Carter is currently projected to be selected in the top-ten of the 2018 NBA Draft. The risk on returning to Duke would be his NBA stock falling, potentially sacrificing millions of dollars for another season in Durham. If Carter returns, he would be the anchor in the middle of an all-time recruiting class. Carter would likely be the starting center, with Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish, and Tre Jones surrounding him.

Wendell Carter averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game alongside Marvin Bagley this season. While the thought of returning has clearly been on Carter’s mind, it is still far-fetched as his draft projection remains in the lottery.