Wendell Carter Jr.
Wendell Carter Jr. nearly averaged a double-double in a supporting role for Duke (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Wendell Carter Jr. has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and will hire an agent after a productive freshman season at Duke. Carter Jr. has been a projected top ten pick for the majority of this season. That has only increased as we got deeper into the season where he has seemed to consistently rise up draft boards. Carter Jr. showed some promise as a rim protector for Duke once they converted to their 2-3 zone. He did struggle in pick and roll defense which is common for young bigs. Turning 19 years old today he will continue to grow on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively is where his potential is the greatest as he already has a solid foundation to build off of.

During his lone season in Durham Wendell Carter Jr. showed the ability the ability to operate in the post with smooth post moves. He knocked down mid-range jumpers and occasionally stepped out to the three-point line knocking down 41% on 46 attempts. Carter averaged 13.5 points and 9 rebounds on a team where teammate Marvin Bagley put up 21&11. Carter Jr. was limited because of all of the weapons around him this year but still seemed to find ways to stand out. Whether it was blocking shots or finding the soft areas to catch drop passes from Duke guards. A team picking in the bottom half of the top 10 will draft him and be lucky to get a young big with good height and length with the ability to play inside and out for the next 10-15 years.

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