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Recruiting: Wendell Carter Update

A n interesting twist emerges.

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New Mexico v Harvard
Harvard coach and former Duke player and assistant Tommy Amaker has found unexpected help in the recruitment of Wendell Carter.
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Wendell Carter, as you probably know, is down to Georgia Tech, Georgia, Harvard and Duke.

As it turns out, Boston Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown is pushing Harvard.

According to the Boston Globe, Brown, who like Carter is from Atlanta, said this: “At the end of the day, basketball is basketball; you’ve got a whole life to live. So I said Harvard, I would love to see that. I would love to see somebody coming from where I’m from [and] do that. If I could do it over again, I probably would have still went to [Cal] Berkeley but I would have at least considered Harvard because that’s a great school, that’s a great brand that’s attached to him, so I want him to do what’s best for him. But selfishly, I’d like to see him go to Harvard.’’

According to what we’ve seen, Carter is clearly impressed with Harvard, but there are at least two drawbacks.

First, Harvard, despite its many strongpoints, does not play a top-notch schedule, which could affect how the NBA percieves him and, potentially, his position in the draft.

Secondly, Carter has talked consistently about going to school with his pal Gary Trent. As far as we’ve seen, Trent is not considering Harvard and the mutual options both have listed have narrowed down to Duke.

Still, you never know how things will work out. Bill Bradley committed to Duke in the 1960s and then changed at the last minute to attend Princeton. We heard a few years ago that then coach Vic Bubas got the news while golfing and broke his club.

It’s understandable. If he could have added Bradley to Art Heyman and Jeff Mullins, Duke would have had a team for the ages.