Looks like things aren’t always what they seem at Duke. Wendell Carter’s parents are speaking out, explaining their side of the story, and how they’re son became second dog once Marvin Bagley Jr. joined the mix.
This did not sit well with Carter Jr.’s parents, who have guided their son throughout his basketball career and joined him on stage at last week’s NBA draft. Kylia and Wendell Carter Sr. vented to NBC Sports after the draft about their experience with Duke.
“My initial reaction, I was pissed,” Kylia Carter said of Bagley’s reclassification. “And it wasn’t pissed because Marvin was coming. To be honest, I felt like that was information that was kept from us. It felt (shady), it felt like my baby was gonna get kicked to the curb. I felt like all of that.”
Bagley averaged 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game as the focal point of the Blue Devils offense, Carter Jr. was a solid contributor as the team’s fourth leading scorer with 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
“I tell people. People make promises they can’t keep. It didn’t bother me,” Wendell Sr. said. “I was concerned because I felt like we were lied to. ‘Oh, Wendell’s gonna be the man’ and then the rug was pulled from under us.”
This is much ado about nothing. Carter ended up going 7th pick to the Bulls, so it didn’t really affect his draft stock. Never look a gift horse in the mouth.