Wendell Carter: Decision to turn pro now official

F Carter leaving Duke for NBA draft

F Carter leaving Duke for NBA draft

After a week's worth of headlines that there was some family tension of whether or not he should enter the National Basketball Association draft, Duke freshman Wendell Carter Jr. announced that he is heading to the National Basketball Association.

Carter is the fourth freshman this season, and the program's 16th freshman overall, to declare for the NBA Draft.

"Taking that next chapter in my life is hard", Carter said.

Duke has produced at least one first-round NBA Draft pick in each of the last seven years. Carter joins fellow freshmen Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval, who each stated their intention to hire an agent, meaning they can not withdraw from the draft and return to school.

Carter thanked Duke coaches and teammates for the experience. In addition to Carter, Marvin Bagley III, Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr., who were the other 3 5-star recruits in last year's class, also declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.

"We're all brothers, we all have each others' backs". Duke must replace its entire starting five from its regional final loss to Kansas.

"It was such an honor to coach Wendell", Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He and his family were a true joy to have in our program and they'll always be in our program". "I'm very excited and very happy to say I was part of something special here at Duke".

He's going to keep getting better, because he's talented and he has the best attitude.

Carter, a 6-10 Georgia native, averaged 13.5 points per game and 9.1 rebounds in his one season at Duke. "He really represented himself, his family and Duke in a first-class manner, and whoever gets him is going to be very lucky".