First it was Marvin Bagley III, then you had Trevon Duval, next it was Gary Trent Jr. and now comes word today, that a fourth Duke Blue Devil freshman basketball player, Wendell Carter, will leave school early and put his name in the running for the 2018 NBA Draft….
Marvin Bagley III, Trevon Duval, Gary Trent Jr. and now Wendell Carter and that puts Duke University at Four-for-Four in key freshmen basketball players leaving early, to enter the NBA…
Are we missing out on something here, or does this also put Duke in line with Kentucky, as being colleges that qualify as short-stay junior colleges that are just holding players in place for a year and keeping them warm for the NBA…These players would have never come to Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, N.C. State or even places like Wake Forest if the NBA did not require them to go to college for one year and the benefit of coming out of Duke after one year, is that you have that brand name the NBA teams seem to be looking for….DUKE….
And so the merry-go-round continues to turn…Duke loses four players and they will have four more new freshmen faces/players waiting, willing and ready to step into the roles that Marvin Bagley III, Trevon Duval, Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter just vacated…
Duke has hit this One-and-Done deal running and now with this trend in place and up-and-running, I don’t know why Duke recognizes the basketball part of their university as any kind of school of higher learning these days…..With the One-and-Done, you just have a One-and-Done Dorm and that is the norm, and how much education are these kids really getting under the One-and-Done Deal these days?????
With the One-and-Done, I would probably say NONE…..
College at Duke and the other key One-and-Dones is not about education any more, it is not about college basketball, it is all about a half-way house for the NBA….The One-and-Done Dorm, serves that need well…..
Talk about the need for reconstruction, The System is Broke and it does need to be Fixed and unfortunately, the FIX is already in/on and all it is doing is giving these so-called college kids a place to hang out until they hit the NBA…..
And what good did it do Duke this year????
The One-and-Dones lasted longer than One Game and done, but they didn’t do enough damage to even make a dent on the NCAA Tournament and when you looked around at the teams in the Final Four, Duke and their One-and-Dones were nowhere to be seen…..
When the One-and-Done Deal hits you know it won’t be pretty and it will only get ugly and when it hits like it did with Duke and their One-and-Dones, you know it has hit close to home…..
Times are sure changing, but are we going to do something about it, or just sit back and watch all the One-and-Dones walk on by?????
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman forward Wendell Carter, Jr. has announced that he will enter his name in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Carter is the fourth freshman this season, and the program’s 16th freshman overall, to declare for the NBA Draft. He joins a group that includes Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012), Jabari Parker (2014), Tyus Jones (2015), Jahlil Okafor (2015), Justise Winslow (2015), Brandon Ingram (2016), Jayson Tatum (2017), Harry Giles (2017), Frank Jackson (2017), and teammates Marvin Bagley III (2018), Trevon Duval (2018) and Gary Trent, Jr. (2018).
“It was such an honor to coach Wendell,” said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “He and his family were a true joy to have in our program and they’ll always be in our program. He had a sensational freshman year – a double-double guy – and he has so much more potential. He’s going to keep getting better, because he’s talented and he has the best attitude. He really represented himself, his family and Duke in a first-class manner, and whoever gets him is going to be very lucky.”
A second-team All-ACC selection and an NABC All-District pick, Carter finished his freshman season second on the team in rebounding at 9.1 per game. His 335 boards ranked second all-time among Duke freshmen, as did his 76 blocked shots and 16 double-doubles. Carter scored in double-figures in 30 of 37 games and had multiple blocks in 21 games.
“I want to thank Duke University, my coaches and teammates for helping me so much, not only on the court, but off it as well,” said Carter. We’re all brothers, we all have each other’s’ backs. I’m really going to miss being around my friends, but I’m really going to cherish the moments we had together. I’m very excited and very happy to say I was part of something special here at Duke.”
Carter, who was fourth in the ACC in rebounding (9.1) and 22nd in scoring (13.5), got better as the season progressed. After averaging 12.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over the first 12 games, Carter increased his averages to 14.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks over the final 25 contests. He pulled down 15 rebounds on three different occasions and broke 20 points four times.
Duke has produced at least one first-round NBA Draft pick in each of the last seven years. Coach K has mentored 35 first-round picks, including a draft-record 23 lottery selections. The Blue Devils matched a school record with four draft selections last season, including three first-rounds and two lottery picks.