Wendell Carter, USA, PF/C, Class of 2017, Duke, 17.9
-6'10 in shoes with a 7'3 wingspan, a 9'0 standing reach and a 257 pound frame. Big enough to play center at any level of basketball
-Comfortable operating both facing and with his back to the basket. Skilled big man with a polished feel for the game. Uses both hands around the basket
-Great hands and timing as a cutter/finisher. Toughness, powerful frame allows him to take contact around the rim.
-Surprises you at times with his explosiveness off two feet when he has time to gather
-Outstanding offensive rebounder thanks to his length, timing and instincts. Multiple effort type guy
-Very good passer out of the post. Type of big man you can run things through in the high post and with DHOs. Solid understanding of the game for a player his age.
-Shows potential with his jump-shot. High release point and soft touch. Solid in mid-range spots, should be able to extend his game out to the 3-point line in time. Has a really nice turnaround jumper he likes to go to out of the post
-Competitive and instinctual defensively. Gets in passing lanes, has timing for blocks. Covers ground.
-Shouldn't have any problem stealing some minutes at the 4 in two-big men lineups.
-Highly productive in every setting he's played in. Ultra consistent. Fundamentally sound.
-Good athlete but not exceptional. Lacks a degree of explosiveness at times with his finishes in traffic. Not the type of guy who is going to catch lobs off the pick and roll. Needs time to load up
-Lacks a degree of focus and intensity in drills. Can get a little bored at times it appears. Doesn't show much emotion. Not overly focal
-Passes up open shots in the mid-range in-game settings. Not very comfortable operating outside the paint
-Doesn't have great height for a center. Earth-bound style makes him somewhat less effective when going up against length. Needs a lot of shot-fakes to get his post-moves off.
-Motor comes and goes at times on the defensive glass
Outlook Carter is a known commodity at this stage who gets overshadowed in this class at times by the taller, longer, more explosive and flashier players surrounding him in the top ten of the rankings. Nevertheless, he seems to be the most sure-fire player of the bunch, as he's already very much a ready made product who should be able to come in and make a major impact in college from day one. Carter's NBA upside is significant as well, as he ticks quite a few boxes teams look for in a big man, somewhat in the Al Horford mold.