It’s official. The Duke men’s basketball team will have a completely new starting lineup next season.
Blue Devils freshman forward Wendell Carter announced on Instagram Monday afternoon that he will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.
I’ve put a lot of thought into this tough decision. Attending Duke University has always been a dream of mine. Playing for Coach K was once a dream of mine but God’s endless blessings has made that a reality. I’ve been given the opportunity to chase another lifelong dream of mine in playing in the NBA and with that being said, I will be entering the 2018 NBA Draft with intent of signing with an agent. I will like to thank my family, friends, and fans for being there with me every step of the way. I will forever be a Blue Devil ! #Brotherhood 🔵⚪️
The final play in Carter’s Duke career was the blocking foul he received on a drive from Kansas guard Malik Newman in overtime of the Elite Eight showdown between the Blue Devils and Jayhawks. The call was somewhat controversial, as it was very close to being a charge.
Instead of the play heading the other way, Newman went to the free-throw line, and Carter received his fifth foul and a seat on the bench. Kansas took over the overtime session after that possession.
Carter came to Duke in the program’s vaunted 2017 recruiting class that included four 5-star prospects, but that entire calls is now gone. 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.
Duke’s other starter from this last year’s team, guard Grayson Allen, graduated, so coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils will have a completely new starting lineup in 2018-19. Of course, they shouldn’t be hurting too bad because Duke has four more 5-star prospects arriving this fall.
In his only college season, Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 2.0 assists while shooting 56.1 percent in 37 games.