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Duke Releases Statement Regarding Wendell Carter's Eligibility

Wendell Carter shoots a free throw.

DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 21: Wendell Carter Jr #34 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots foul shots against the Louisville Cardinals during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 82-56. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Friday morning brought with it major news concerning college basketball. A report from Yahoo's Pat Forde and Pete Thamel called into question the "underbelly" of college basketball recruiting, and the financial incentives being paid to amateur athletes.

A Duke player was named in the report. Wendell Carter Jr. was listed as one of the players who shared a meal with ASM Sports agent Christian Dawkins. It's not illegal for Carter to meet for a meal, but it becomes a different story if Dawkins pays for it.

An expense report from Dawkins shows a $106.36 bill linked to Wendell Carter Jr. After a quick investigation, however, it appears Carter will be eligible to play moving forward.

Here's a statement from Duke athletic director Kevin White.

Carter has been an underrated star for the Blue Devils this season. Although Marvin Bagley III receives much of the hype, Carter Jr. has quietly put together a near double-double average for the 2017-18 season.

The star freshman is averaging 14.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Duke hosts ACC rival Syracuse on Saturday night. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and tips off at 6:00 p.m. ET.