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Bulls’ Wendell Carter Jr. involved with Georgia Tech probe

Wendell Carter Jr.

It has recently been revealed that Chicago Bulls prized rookie Wendell Carter Jr. has been linked to an alleged Georgia Tech strip club incident.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach provided some very particular details pertaining to the highly-publicized scandal that has recently taken the NCAA by storm.

A former Georgia Tech assistant coach is being charged by the NCAA with Level I violations relating to an Atlanta strip club visit that sources told ESPN included current Chicago Bulls rookie Wendell Carter Jr. and former Georgia Tech and NBA player Jarrett Jack.

Jack, whom the NCAA declared to be a representative of Georgia Tech’s athletics interests, is alleged to have provided Carter and an unidentified then-Georgia Tech player with $300 for the strip club visit, the sources told ESPN.

This is definitely not a good look for Carter, who was actually having quite an admirable debut season for the Bulls prior to having to undergo a season-ending thumb surgery in late January. In 44 starts for Chicago this season, the 6-foot-10 big man averaged 10.3 points (on 48.5 percent shooting), 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.3 blocks, and 1.5 turnovers in 25.2 minutes of action.

Prior to being drafted by the Bulls as the seventh overall pick in last summer’s draft, Carter played one year of college basketball with Duke.

Schlabach provided no further details on exactly why Carter was involved in the incident, but presumably, it must have been some form of recruitment effort on the part of Georgia Tech (or its representatives, at least). The inappropriate move obviously did not pay dividends, with Carter eventually opting to play for Duke. However, the recent unearthing of this incident definitely shines a bad light on both Georgia Tech’s basketball program and Carter himself.