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How NBA draft experts rate Wendell Carter's chance to be a lottery pick

Duke's Wendell Carter describes his struggles in the loss to Kansas

Duke freshman Wendell Carter Jr. was plagued with foul trouble throughout the Blue Devils loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Elite 8.
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Duke freshman Wendell Carter Jr. was plagued with foul trouble throughout the Blue Devils loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Elite 8.

While Marvin Bagley III was Duke's top player, all-ACC selection and an all-American for the Blue Devils last season, Wendell Carter Jr. possesses talent that could see him picked shortly after his former teammate in the NBA Draft.

The 6-11 Carter averaged 13.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while starting all 37 games as a freshman last season for Duke, which went 29-8 and reached the NCAA tournament's final eight.

"Wendell was incredible for us this year," Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer said. "I think he’s the perfect modern day 5 (center) in the NBA when you look at it."

Carter's combination of size, athleticism and smarts have him projected to be among the top 10 picks in Thursday night's NBA Draft at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

If he and Bagley are both among the top 14 picks, it would give Duke two lottery picks in the same draft for the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years. Last season, Jayson Tatum (Boston) and Luke Kennard (Detroit) were Duke's lottery picks. In 2015, Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia) and Justise Winslow (Miami) were both lottery picks.

Bagley is considered a certain top-five pick while Carter is projected to go a few picks later. Here's a peek at what some draft analysts are saying about Carter in their latest mock drafts:

David Aldridge, NBA.com:

Where and when: Cleveland (first round, No. 8 overall)

What he said: “He’s tougher than people realize. Carter’s game could play next to Tristan Thompson’s and he should rebound immediately at the next level.”

Mike Schmitz, ESPN.com

Where and when: Chicago (first round, No. 7 overall)

What he said: “Wendell Carter Jr. is perhaps the most well-rounded player in the draft.”

Ricky O’Donnell, SBNation.com

Where and when: Chicago (first round, No. 7 overall)

What he said:(Carter) offers a rare combination of a high floor and a high ceiling, giving the Bulls a young player who’s a safe bet to be a productive pro while also offering enough upside to one day grow into an All-Star.”

Broderick Turner, LAtimes.com

Where and when: Chicago (first round, No. 7 overall)

What he said: “A physical specimen, Carter can do a little bit of everything.”

Tyler Conway, BleacherReport.com

Where and when: Chicago (first round, No. 7 overall)

What he said: No comment posted on Carter

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