DURHAM — Duke freshman forward Wendell Carter Jr. joined three classmates in entering the NBA Draft.
The school announced Carter’s decision Monday.
Overall, he’s the 16th freshman from the Duke program to declare for the NBA Draft.
“It was such an honor to coach Wendell,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “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.”
A second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, Carter finished his freshman season second on the team in rebounding at 9.1 per game (fourth in the ACC). His 335 rebounds ranked second all-time among Duke freshmen, as did his 76 blocked shots and 16 double-doubles.
Carter, despite often dealing with foul trouble, scored in double-figures in 30 of 37 games.
During the past few weeks, Marvin Bagley III, Trevon Duval and Gary Trent Jr. also announced that they’ll enter the NBA Draft after one season with Duke.
Carter’s decision to turn pro was anticipated, though he waited more than three weeks after the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Regional final loss to Kansas to announce his decision.