Wendell Carter Jr. is ranked No. 2 overall in the ESPN 100 and has the list of suitors to accompany that clout; Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Harvard, Stanford, Arizona, Connecticut and many others are all in hot pursuit. Carter has won two gold medals with USA Basketball (U16, U17), helped the Georgia Stars win the prestigious Nike Peach Jam last July and dominated this summer with Team CP3 (N.C.). Now, Carter has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
What’s up world, I know it’s been a while since my last blog but I’m back now with an update for you guys!
A lot has happened since you last heard from me; I won another gold medal with USA Basketball’s U17 team in Spain!
That felt great; it’s a feeling that you can’t really describe to be able to represent your country and actually get the win. You feel even more pride.
I think the downtime, just hanging out with my boys on the team, was probably the best part of the experience. We did a lot of sightseeing and we ate great food. I think their pizza was the best thing that I ate over there. It’s different than ours, but really, really good.
Right now I have my U17 gold medal hung up in my room, but I’m still looking for my U16 medal! I know it’s around my house somewhere! Both of them mean a lot to me.
It’s cool looking at the Olympics and knowing that I won a gold medal. I can’t help but to want to be out there with the senior national team trying to win another one!
No, I don’t think I’m ready for that level yet, but you just get a different feeling when you’ve played with USA Basketball and have won gold.
I know they’re gonna bring home the gold too!
My team, Team CP3, did pretty well on the EYBL; we didn’t win Peach Jam, but we had a good summer all in all. I think the most fun matchup I had all summer was against DeAndre Ayton and Cal Supreme. He’s a great player, very versatile and runs the floor really well. They had a really strong team too, but we pulled out the win. That was our first time matching up; definitely fun playing against elite guys like that.
I love the game, but it definitely feels good to have time to rest before school starts on August 17.
It’ll be bittersweet starting my last year of high school because I’ll miss all of my friends and family when I leave for college, but I’ll definitely be ready to start a whole new experience at the next level.
I’ve just been taking it easy, sleeping in ‘til about noon and hanging out with friends. I haven’t been able to do that much this summer with all of the traveling I’ve been doing all over the world so I’m enjoying it.
I haven’t been in touch with college coaches as much lately, just taking some time to myself. Right now, the only official I have set up is to Harvard in the fall so I’m looking forward to that.
I’ll be talking things over with my family about the rest of the visits and I’ll let you guys know when I know.
I will say that it’s been cool to hear from Coach K and Coach Capel at Duke because they’re all the way over there in Rio coaching the Olympic team but still taking the time to make sure they check-in with me regularly. They tell me all about how fun it is to work with some of the greatest players in the world and they tell me that they could see me there in a couple years. They do what coaches are supposed to do, but it’s cool because I know they’re busy.
All of the coaches do a really good job of giving me my space, but keeping a good relationship at the same time.
Everyone always asks about me and my boy Gary (Trent Jr.) and our plans to play together in college and, yes, that’s still on. Of course we can’t say it’s 100 percent, but it’s definitely something that we’re focusing on and something that we both want to happen.
We might be visiting Duke and Arizona together and probably a couple more schools too.
It’s crazy that summer is already pretty much over, but it’s back to work!
I plan on getting back in the gym to train later this week to start preparing for my season. It was important for me to stay at my high school to finish out my high school career because I love my school and I wanted to be around my family before I head off to college. I know some guys transfer to big name prep schools, but our school still plays a national schedule and I feel like it’s really important to work on you skills individually too. So I’ll get to play against good competition and get better all while being around my family and friends. That’s what works for me.
OK, stepping away from the basketball talk for a second; I saw the new movie Lights Out and I can honestly say that it’s the scariest movie I’ve ever seen. I can’t even lie, that first night after I watched it I was a little scared to turn the lights out! Haha!
I saw Suicide Squad too and that was pretty good. I’d recommend you guys check out both.
OK I just want to thank all the fans for reading my blog today; I won’t be as long with my next one so check back soon.
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