Harvard loses top basketball recruit for next year; Yale and the six other Ivy League members can’t be sorry

Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker watches a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ryan M. Kelly)
Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker watches a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Ryan M. Kelly)

By Joel Alderman

Yale’s James Jones and six other coaches in Ivy League basketball competition can relax a bit. Wendell Carter will not be attending Harvard next year. He had been highly recruited by Tommy Amaker, coach of the Crimson, which currently has a highly ranked crop of freshmen.

Carter, who is from Atlanta, Ga., is considered by most recruiting services as being in the top five for next year. In addition to Harvard, he was also looking at Duke, Georgia and Georgia Tech.
Duke is the choice

Carter announced his decision today (Wednesday) via a video posted on Twitter, under the title “The Sharpshooter Commitment.”

“I’ve made my decision. I choose Duke University,” he said.

The irony in that is Amaker lost out to his alma mater.

Even if Carter had chosen Harvard, the Ivies would probably only have had to face him for one season. Earlier he had revealed that he planned to declare for the NBA Draft after one year of college ball.

That would definitely not be consistent with a prospective student’s intentions entering an Ivy League institution, especially the prestigious one in Cambridge, Mass. Conversely, it seems un-Harvard like that it would accept a person who says in advance he would only be there for one year (or maybe just long enough to complete the basketball season).

Or could this be an indication of one type of prospect the aggressive recruiter Amaker is going after?

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