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34 - Wendell Carter

Duke 

  • Birthday: 4/16/99
  • NBA Position: PF/C
  • Class: HS Senior
  • Ht: 6-10
  • Wt: 260
  • Hometown: Fairburn, GA
  • High School: Pace Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

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NBA Comparison: Al Horford/Al Jefferson

Strengths: 6’9.5 mobile big man … Good length with a 7’3 wingspan … Good half court explosive ability, gets good lift when dunking and rebounding. Gets off the ground quickly … Has the strength establish post position as well as holding his ground when defending the post … Solid post-game for his age. Good jump hook. Good combination of strength and finesse ... Good hands with soft touch around the basket. Can finish with either hand within close ... Scores well in traffic and doesn’t shy away from contact ... Very efficient scorer, shot 70.9% from the field over the Nike EYBL … Draws a lot of fouls and attention from the defense … Very good rebounder. Secures most boards in his area. Crashes the offensive glass. Reliable cleaning up around the basket. Finishes strong and powerful when dunking … Good shot mechanics. Can face up and shoot, has range out to the three point line. Doesn’t settle for three or drift to the perimeter too much … Handles the ball well enough to make a move on the perimeter in isolation or take a rebound to the other end but doesn’t try to do too much as a ball handler … Sees the floor and passes well for his size … Good shot blocker, led adidas Nations with two per game and averaged 2.5 per game over the Nike EYBL. Contests shots without picking up unnecessary fouls … Reliable team leader. Works hard and competes. Never goes through the motions and always provides a productive output … Has shed some baby fat and is willing to improve his body …

Weaknesses: While he can explode up, he’s not much of a transition finisher. Has a solid vertical but is not much of a run and jump athlete. Sometimes the last player up the court … Isn’t real quick when reacting on defense and closing out to contest shooters … Post-game while sound, is still in early stages of development ... Needs to add more technique with his foot work, moving forward, to allow him more success when he doesn’t have a physical advantage … Can add consistency as a shooter especially from the free throw line, shot 58.5% over the Nike EYBL … Has a strong body but has a thick build that may add weight if he doesn’t emphasize staying in shape … One of the more ready players moving forward but lacks the upside some of the other big men in his class possess … May ultimately be a small 5 due to his lack of ideal foot speed ...

Outlook: A high character kid ... Carter has shown to be a very reliable and productive player. He led Georgia Stars to win the Peach Jam title in 2015, where he earned MVP. He had strong Nike EYBL season this year averaging a double-double with 16.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. A kid with a great attitude and extremely strong work ethic ... He was one of the few prospects that really impressed NBA scouts at the Nike Academy as he continued to play hard every day as many kids sat out or went through the motions ...

Notes: Measured 6'8, 242 lbs with a 7'2 wingspan at the 2014 Nike Elite 100 ... Measured 6'8 without shoes, 6'9 with shoes, 246 lbs, with a 7'3 wingspan and 9'0 standing reach at the 2014 USA Junior National Team Mini Camp ... Measured 6’10’’ in shoes, with a 7'3’’ wingspan and 249 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy ...

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