Wendell Carter Jr.

#34 F Duke Blue Devils – Freshman

DoB: April 16th, 1999

Height: 6-10

Weight: 259lbs

Wingspan: 7-3

 

2017-2018 Season Average:

26.9MIN 13.5PTS 0.561FG% 2.0Ast 9.1REB 0.8STL 2.1BLK 2.0TO

 

Strength

  • Highly efficient player, shooting splits at each level is elite (56.1% from the field, 41.3% percent from three, 73.8% from the free throw line)
  • Has shown the ability to put up a strong stat line without needing the ball; scores within the confines of the offense.
  • Rebounding prowess will translate to NBA success; possess a strong and stocky frame and has good positioning.
  • Has shown the makings of a strong post-up player; possesses strength, agility, and soft hands around the post.
  • Willing and able to pass out of post-ups; college teams have emphasized thwarting Carter in the post.
  • Consistency from three-point territory (41.3%) and the free throw line (73.8%); projects s a floor spacer at the next level.
  • Strong physical tools (7-3 wingspan and 6-10 height) provides adequate rim protector at the next level, making up for his below-average athleticism.
  • Active on the glass, is able to find position for the offensive rebound after rolling to the basket.

 

Weaknesses

  • Despite a willingness to shoot the three-pointer, ability to stretch the floor remains to be an issue; only shoots 41.3% on mostly uncontested threes.
  • Lack of explosiveness shown by his late contests at the rim.
  • Struggled against tougher competition, averaged only 11.5ppg during March Madness.
  • Foul prone; has racked up multiple 5 foul games that have kept him from contributing to his team (notably against Kansas in the Elite 8).
  • Defensive versatility is questionable; Stocky frame and lack of explosiveness suggest that he could have issues switching onto quicker guards despite exhibiting a surprising agility in these instances.
  • Shoots a high percentage from the three-point line, but doesn’t shoot with enough frequency to be warranted a perimeter threat (converted 19-46 on threes for the season).

 

Observations

  • Seems to possess a game that is a relic to the past; is a traditional low post scorer with limited ability to stretch the floor similar to that of Greg Monroe and Jahlil Okafor.
  • Already possesses the tools to become the quintessential NBA “unicorn” with shot blocking ability and shooting stroke.
  • Deferred most of scoring load to Marvin Bagley and Grayson Allen in his time in Duke, remains to be seen how he responds to having more responsibility in the offense.
  • Current tools suggest Carter can join an NBA team and fit in as a strong rotation piece, but his potential is limited by his lack of athleticism.
  • Settles for jump shots and post hooks within the post; must be more willing to bully his way to the hoop with his strength and frame.
  • Possesses an incredibly mature game at his age, but his potential is severely limited with his already relatively refined offensive skills and lack of explosiveness.

 

Notable Performances:

Vs. Indiana 24MIN 18PTS (7-9 FGM/FGA) 12REB 2BLK 1STL 5PF 3TO

 

Vs. Wake Forest 23PTS (6-9 FGM/FGA) (10-13 FTM/FTA) 12REB 2AST 2BLK 1PF 2TO

 

Vs. Kansas (Elite 8) 10PTS (3-9 FGM/FGA) (0-3 3PM/3PA) 2REB 1AST 1BLK 2STL 5PF

 

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