Wendell Carter Jr. is ranked No. 3 overall in the ESPN 100 and has cut his list to Duke, Harvard, Georgia Tech and Georgia. Carter has won two gold medals with USA Basketball (U16, U17), helped the Georgia Stars win the prestigious Nike Peach Jam last July and dominated this summer with Team CP3 (N.C.). Now, Carter has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
What’s up world, I know I’ve been gone for a minute but I’m back now to give you a refresher of what’s going on in the Carter life!
Let’s get it!
As most of you know I’m making my college decision tomorrow so I’m looking forward to getting this all over with.
I took two visits recently to Duke and Georgia Tech.
First, I went to Duke and it was just a great visit overall. I’d been there about two or three times so there wasn’t a whole lot they could’ve shown me, but it was fun hanging out with the guys. I got to see what a game day is like, because I was there for their Countdown to Craziness event.
The best thing I ate on the visit was this place called Dame’s Chicken & Waffles. I love that spot! Best waffles I’ve ever had!
It was cool seeing the practice and talking with admissions and then we got to talk with Coach K and Coach Capel individually.
It was a great talk.
We covered a lot of ground and I got answers to things I wasn’t as sure about. He really cleared it up and I really appreciated that. I feel like it was a very productive talk.
I loved the atmosphere there.
The fans were deep and they were engaged the whole time, and it wasn’t even a real game. I loved the style of play that Duke played too.
On the last day before I left I had breakfast with Coach K and had another great talk. It was basically just hitting the high points of the conversations we had all weekend. I think it was a successful official.
Of course it was fun to be there with my boy Gary (Trent) too.
I’m happy for him now that he’s committed to Duke.
Of course he told me what he was gonna do when he finally made his mind up and, like I said, I was happy for him.
You all know that he and I have been talking for a long time about playing together so everyone wants to know what that means for my recruitment. Of course that’s a positive thing for Duke, but we’ve always said that, at the end of the day, we had to do what’s best for us individually.
So that’s what I plan to do.
My latest visit was to Georgia Tech and that was a great visit too.
Just being right at home felt good.
I know all the spots to eat in Atlanta so I told them where I wanted to go and we had a good time there. It was cool just hanging out with the players and the coaches.
I had great conversations with the coaches and cleared up a lot of things I wasn’t sure about with them too.
I’m glad I took that official, it gave me a lot to think about.
Like I said, I’ll just be glad to get things over with and actually be committed to a school.
I’m so ready for Thanksgiving too!
This year we’re having dinner at my house so that’s kinda exciting!
My routine for Thanksgiving is simple: I usually don’t eat dinner the night before or breakfast the morning of so I can have all the room possible in my stomach.
I usually just get up, play the video game and just try and kill time. We eat about 2 p.m. and then I just go in! I’ll eat whatever’s cooked.
I’m thinking I’ll put down about four or five plates… Well, I might go with three plates since we have a game the day after Thanksgiving!
My favorite thing to eat is my mom’s mac and cheese! That’s a must!
We have our first official game the day after so we’re all excited about it.
We look pretty strong. We have great defenders at the guard positions so I think we’ll be strong defensively, but we have some holes to fill for sure.
We have our work cut out for us if we want to get back to where we were last season, especially since we moved up to 3A.
I think if we come to play and work hard we’ll be just fine.
School is going great.
Right now I have a 3.8 GPA so I’m proud of that. It’s really important for me to finish out high school this last year strong in the classroom.
OK guys thanks for the opportunity to give you an update on what’s going on in my world.
Tomorrow is a big day so be on the lookout for my decision.
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