Player Card – Wendell Carter

Atlanta, GA - SUNDAY, MAY 29: Nike EYBL. Wendell Carter #35 of Team CP3 Session 4. (Photo by Jon Lopez)

Class of 2017 forward Wendell Carter of Atlanta, Georgia, is on the Naismith Watch List following a successful circuit with CP3. (Photo by Jon Lopez)

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Wendell Carter  (Atlanta, Ga.),  Pace Academy  / Team CP3 – 2017
Height: 6’10”

Position: Power Forward
Committed College: Duke
Star Grade:

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 By: @JLHemingwayPSB & @BrandonClayPSB Player Evaluations


Date: May 23, 2015
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike EYBL (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Carter is one of the nation’s premier forwards. He has the size, skill to be impactful on the interior and facing up as well. Carter is shaping up to be an impact recruit at the next level.

Date: May 3, 2015
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: Bob Gibbons (Suwanee, Ga.)

Carter is playing with more toughness physically and mentally than what I have seen in the past. He affects the game on both ends of the floor with equal amounts of impact. He is turning over either shoulder to score and swatting shots on the defensive end. He plays with poise and balance and uses shot fakes to leverage the defense away from the bucket.

Date: November 28, 2014
Evaluator: Shun Williams
Location: Hoopsgiving (Roswell, Ga.)

Carter was as aggressive as I have seen him at Hoopsgiving. He received multiple post touches and took advantage of them along with his size advantage over the opposing team. He displayed the ability to make hook shots with either hand or face up to the basket to either knock down the jumper or put the ball on the deck to get to the rim. He also rebounds his position well and will start a number of fast breaks with his shot-blocking and rebounding ability

Date: October 4, 2014
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: USA Basketball Mini-Camp  (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Carter showed flashes of greatness in this camp. He even stretched out his range as he shot faked and finished at the bucket off of a direct drive. There are concerns about his body language. We will need to watch to see if he is really engaged or if that is his natural demeanor.

Date: October 4, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: USA Basketball Mini-Camp  (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Carter showed a legitimate touch around the basket. He hit the soft bank shot at 8 feet. He shot the 3-pointer and trail 17 footer as well.

Date: June 14, 2014
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: Nike Elite 100 Camp  (St. Louis, Mo.)

Carter consistently finished in the paint with his right hand. He was effective in the screen and roll situations. He took a 17 foot jump shot that didn’t fall. Carter has bounce in his legs but he isn’t explosive in that regard.

Date: September 17, 2013
Evaluator: Jonathan Hemingway
Location: #OTRFallShowcase  (Atlanta, Ga.)

Carter puts us in the mind of Howard Thompkins (GA-08) who played at UGA and for a few years in the NBA. Carter’s frame and skill set compares well to Thompkins, however Carter is not as polished at a young age as Thompkins was. Although he is primarily an interior player, he does possess a nice handle on the perimeter and has range to the arc with his feet set. His specialty at this moment resides in his ability to rebound the basketball and also his natural feel for the game around the basket. He’s still a half-second slow on his reaction time, but we see this as nothing more than an immature game that will continue to develop as he gets older.

Date: September 17, 2013
Evaluator: Brandon Clay
Location: #OTRFallShowcase  (Atlanta, Ga.)

Carter has a lot of similarities to former Georgia star Trey Thompkins. We view him as a fourth ball handler with the ability to be impactful on the interior and the outside over time. He’s a little more interior oriented than Thompkins was at the same stage in his career taking multiple right-hand half hooks during the event, Carter should be a top 5-10 prospect at his position before it’s said and done.

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Staff-Pic-B-ClayBrandon Clay is the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and He serves as the Executive Camp Director for the Elite Basketball Academy Camps. Clay is a McDonald’s All-American Game Selection Committee member. He also votes on the Naismith Trophy Men’s / Women’s College Player of the Year Academy and is the HS Boys / Girls All-American Team Board of Selectors Chairperson. He has been involved in the community since 2001. You can reach Clay at [email protected]

Coach Hemi-100-100Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at [email protected] and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB