Wendell Carter
Team: , HS Junior
PhysicalsPositions Misc
H: 6' 10"
W: 249 lbs
Bday: 04/16/1999
(17 Years Old)
Current: PF
NBA:   PF
Possible: PF
High School: Pace Academy
Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2016Nike Basketball AcademyNA6' 9.5"2487' 3"NANANANA
2016USA BasketballNA6' 9"2547' 3.5"9' 0.5"NANANA
2015USA BasketballNA6' 8.5"2587' 3"NANANANA
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 10"2497' 3"NANANANA
2015USA Basketball6' 8.75"6' 9.75"2497' 3.75"9' 1"NANANA
2014USA Basketball6' 8"6' 9"2467' 3"9' 0"NANANA
2014Nike Elite 1006' 8"NA2427' 2"NANANANA
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2016Nike Basketball AcademyNA6' 9.5"2487' 3"NANANANA
2016USA BasketballNA6' 9"2547' 3.5"9' 0.5"NANANA
2015USA BasketballNA6' 8.5"2587' 3"NANANANA
2015Nike Skills AcademyNA6' 10"2497' 3"NANANANA
2015USA Basketball6' 8.75"6' 9.75"2497' 3.75"9' 1"NANANA
2014USA Basketball6' 8"6' 9"2467' 3"9' 0"NANANA
2014Nike Elite 1006' 8"NA2427' 2"NANANANA

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2016 FIBA U17 World Championship Scouting Reports: Big Men
July 10, 2016

Wendell Carter, 6'9, PF/C, Pace Academy, 1999



Strengths
-Strong, mature frame. Somewhere between 6'9 and 6'10, but has a huge 7'3 (or possibly 7'4) wingspan that will allow him to play the center position at any level considering his ripped 254 pound frame
-Mobile and explosive. Looks like he's improved his athleticism. Quick off his feet
-Outstanding finisher around the basket. Has great hands. Bouncy and powerful off two feet. Great pick and roll target
-Has some skill around the paint as well. Throws in swooping hook shots with either hand
-Made a handful of 3s in the EYBL as well as in the USA Basketball training camp. Looks like something he can continue to develop
-Mid-range stroke looks good
-Shows some flashes putting the ball down in a straight line. Can bulldoze his way through the lane with his strength
-Solid passer. Has a good basketball IQ
-Protects the rim with timing, length and smarts
-Loves to compete on the interior on both ends of the floor. Has no qualms about throwing his body around
-Plays with great intensity level defensively. Covers ground well

Weaknesses
-Early bloomer physically. Body hasn't changed much in the last two years.
-Very good athlete, but not a freak
-Relies heavily on his strength operating with his back to the basket. Will need to continue to add counter moves and polish as the competition stiffens.
-Still working on the consistency of his outside shot. Mechanics are sound. Just not always on balance with his footwork. Leaves a lot of his misses short
-Shot just 59% from the free throw line in EYBL play. 67% at the U17s. Career 63%
-Bites on fakes defensively. Will get backed down at times. Still working on making the right rotations and reads, particularly on the pick and roll

Outlook Starting center of US team and a catalyst of the squad. Only played 15 minutes but was dominant in his time on the floor, averaging 25 points, 18 rebounds, 2.8 steals, 2.5 blocks and 2.5 assists (and 4.9 turnovers) per-40 minutes on 62% TS%. Hasn't changed much physically, but is improving his skill-level continuously and really showing signs of becoming someone who can play both the power forward and center positions at a high level. Has an ideal combination of tools, toughness and intelligence. Mature frame and game may cause some to question the extent of his long-term upside.

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USA Basketball U16 Training Camp Video Scouting Reports: Big Men
June 19, 2015

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USA Basketball U16 Training Camp Scouting Reports: Big Men
June 4, 2015

A consensus top-10 recruit, Wendell Carter (#5 Scout, #10 ESPN, #8 Rivals, #3 24/7) continues to grow, adding around an inch of height, wingspan and reach since last October according to the measurements, bringing him closer to NBA center dimensions. The same can be said for his basketball ability, as he was an absolute dominant force at times during the training camp this past week. Carter can score with his back to the basket thanks to his ripped 249 pound frame, solid footwork, and nice instincts, using hook shots and powerful explosive finishes, but didn't force the issue much, as he's extremely patient for a player his age. He was a consistent presence on the offensive glass with his near 7-4 wingspan, and defensively, wasn't afraid to throw his body around, even if he isn't much of a shot-blocker at this stage considering his excellent reach.



Carter is very mature physically, which can be misleading at this age, so he'll need to continue to work on his skill-level, particularly his jump-shot, which is not very pretty at the moment. He was one of the easiest players to pencil into the 12-man final roster from the 33 invited, as there are very few 16-years old in the world who can handle a player with his size, strength, skill and feel. He has a great future ahead of him.

We talked to him about as development as a basketball player and much more in the following interview:

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2014 USA Basketball Development Camp Interview: Wendell Carter
November 16, 2014

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USA Basketball Development Camp Measurements and Analysis
October 9, 2014

One of the youngest players in attendance at just 15 years old, Wendell Carter has extremely impressive physical tools relative to his age, measuring 6-8 without shoes to go along with a 7-3 wingspan, a 9-0 standing reach and a 246 pound frame. He has huge hands and shoulders, indicating he might not be done growing yet, and showed impressive ability to block shots and play above the rim within his age group.

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