2017 Recruits Wendell Carter, Jr. and Gary Trent, Jr. Hope to Play Together in College, Interested in Duke


Before joining the Duke Blue Devils, freshmen stars Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor committed to playing together in high school and enrolling as a “package deal” to whichever college they chose, eventually deciding to join Duke and winning the national title with the Blue Devils. Another package deal of 2017 5-star recruits is in the works, and these two players are also interested in playing for Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils after witnessing the success of Jones and Okafor.

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Shooting guard

Gary Trent, Jr.

and center

Wendell Carter, Jr.

are both Top 10 recruits in the 2017 class and have


that they would like to play together in college and “it’s very serious”. Carter is a 6-10, 245 pound prospect who is a strong rebounder and defender and is able to score on the low block as well as make mid-range jumpers. Meanwhile Trent is a 6-4, 180 pound guard who is a talented scorer and currently listed as the

#1 SG

in the class according to ESPN. Wendell Carter and Gary Trent noted that the success of Jones and Okafor helped to increase their interest in potentially playing together in college and joining Duke. Ironically, Trent is a former teammate of Tyus Jones from Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota and currently plays with Jones’ younger brother class of 2018 guard Tre. Carter, who’s from Atlanta, has already received a scholarship offer from the Blue Devils while Trent is

“in close contact with them all the time”. Both players like Duke and had great things to

"“Me and Gary’s top right now would probably be Duke, but we’re both open to all. I don’t want to speak for him, I’m open for all colleges….It’s whatever fits me.” – Carter, Jr."

"“Man, I see what they did this year with a kid that I used to go to school with by the name of Tyus Jones and how he went there and he got the national championship, so that’s always on the top of your mind when you’re picking a school.” – Trent Jr."

Both players are

currently playing

in the FIBA Americas U-16 Championships in Argentina, and the duo is also interested in getting other players involved in their package deal, most notably top ranked power forward

Jarred Vanderbilt

. As for now, Duke will bring in the

#1 recruiting class

for the 2nd straight year this upcoming season and are already



top recruits

for the class 2016.