Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. admits he was ‘hurt’ when Duke made a late push to land Marvin Bagley III in 2017
Chicago Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. looked back at the days when he was being recruited for college. Amid all the offers he received as a top high school prospect, he committed to Duke with thoughts of elevating his game up a notch and be noticed by NBA recruits. Yet when the school made a late push to land Marvin Bagley — another high caliber prospect — Carter Jr. admitted that he was ‘hurt.’
“I was hurt when I saw he [Bagley] committed,” stated Carter, per Michael Walton of NBC Sports.
It’s his first time sharing this. But his mother, Kylia Carter, was quite outspoken during the whole ordeal. She was quoted as being ‘pissed’ that they were seemingly blindsided by Duke. The good thing is that the whole situation didn’t really trickle on to the court. Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski understood where Carter’s mom is coming from.
“It didn’t really bother me, it didn’t really bother Coach K, it didn’t really bother anybody at Duke, they kinda all understood where she [Kylia Carter] was coming from because…..it’s only so much that Coach K can do.
“She [Kylia Carter] is very strong-minded…..but very respectful at the same time. She wants everybody to know…..she’s not afraid to talk about the real problems.”
Now, everything is good between Carter, Bagley, and Duke. Carter and Bagley are in the NBA and are tagged as the league’s next generation of stars.