Future Watch: Wendell Carter Jr. Rookie Basketball Cards, Bulls – With 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate Basketball cards hitting the market today, collectors now have an opportunity to collect their favorite rookies from the 2018 NBA draft. Rookies will appear in their college uniforms in this set. One rookie who will certainly be a popular player to collect in his college uniform is Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. from Duke University.
Carter was born in Atlanta, GA and attended Pace Academy. In his sophomore season, he averaged 21.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game. That year, he led his team to a 27-3 record and a Georgia 6AA regional title. As a junior, he averaged 21.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game while leading his team to the state finals once again. In the final game, Carter scored 30 points with 20 rebounds to help Pace Academy win the Georgia Class AA state championship.
As a senior, Carter averaged 22.7 points, 15.5 rebounds and 5.8 blocks per game. For the third year in a row, Pace Academy would make it to the Georgia Class 3A state championship game and eventually win. Carter went on to be named Georgia All-Classification Player of the Year, Gatorade Player of the Year and first-team All-America honors.
Off the court, Carter was named the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year, an award given to student-athletes who exemplify outstanding character, leadership and academics. Carter finished high school with a 3.8 GPA and won his school’s Lance and Shield Award as a top scholar athlete.
Following his senior season, Carter was rated as a five-star recruit and the number four overall recruit in the 2017 high school class. He would choose to play at Duke University, although he considered playing for Harvard.
Carter played at Duke for one season and averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Following the team’s loss in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Carter declared himself eligible for the 2018 NBA draft. He was given a lottery pick projection. Scouts praised Carter’s NBA-ready frame and ability to do a little bit of everything on the court. His shot blocking ability has the chance to develop into an elite skill. Measuring 6’10” in shoes with a 7’4.5” wingspan, Carter has the perfect dimensions for an NBA center who can use his height and length to grab rebounds, block shots and score at the rim.
On draft night, the Chicago Bulls selected Carter with the seventh overall pick. This summer, he made a big splash in five summer league games. In Las Vegas, he averaged 14.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. This caught the eyes of many NBA fans, especially in Chicago. While Carter may not receive starter’s minutes right out of the gate to start the season, he has shown enough to prove he deserves a role on opening night. Now is the time to pounce on Carter’s rookie cards. Once the season starts, more fans will take notice. If you think his cards in a Duke Uniform are hot, just wait until his NBA cards show up.
Currently, you can find Wendell Carter Jr. rookie cards in 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate Basketball. He appears in his Duke uniform in that set. Looking forward, collectors can find Carter in his Bulls uniform in 2018-19 Donruss NBA, out this fall!
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