NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – It’s only natural that Kentucky and Duke, with their combined 13 national championships, would be in the mix for 5-star center Wendell Carter. But Harvard and Georgia, with one Final Four in history between them?
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Atlanta native and Pace Academy star swears he’s seriously considering both.
“My first official (visit) is going to be Harvard in the fall,” Carter said this week at Nike’s Peach Jam. “Georgia’s been on me probably the heaviest so far. I really like Georgia. I have a great relationship with the coaches. I’ve talked with a lot of kids that went there in the past and they said they loved it, so I’ve got to give them an opportunity.”
While it remains a long shot – the Blue Devils figure to be the favorite here – landing Carter would be the biggest recruiting coup in Bulldogs coach Mark Fox’s career. Fresh off a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA under-17 world championships in Spain, Carter is ranked as high as No. 2 overall in the Class of 2017.
Georgia signed zero McDonald’s All-Americans between Carlos Strong in 1992 and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in 2011, and the Bulldogs haven’t gotten another one since KCP. Their last (and only) Final Four appearance was 1983.
“If I go there, I do plan on changing the face of Georgia,” Carter said. “It really doesn’t bother me that they’re not really that big of a basketball school.”
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