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Duke Signee Wendell Carter Takes Home Morgan Wootten Player Of The Year Award

Wendell Carter, a Duke signee and five-star recruit, is this year's recipient of the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year award.

Carter, who committed to the Blue Devils back in November with a cool James Bond-inspired video produced by Bleacher Report, received the news on Tuesday.

Carter joins an impressive group of former winners, which includes LeBron James (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Ben Simmons (2015), and Lonzo Ball (2016). Duke commits have dominated the award throughout its history, with Shane Battier, Jay Williams, Chris Duhon, Josh McRoberts, Austin Rivers, Jabari Parker, and Jahlil Okafor all taking home the award during their high school career.

Carter says he will use the award as motivation in preparation to make the jump to Duke. From ESPN:

"To be in the company of some of the former POY players is humbling," Carter said. "This goes to show all the countless hours in the gym and studying paid off more that I even imagined. My parents, family and friends have given me so much support, and I give all the glory to God."

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"At the moment, I will cherish this award," he said. "It will motivate me now even more when I move on to Duke."

Carter is joined by fellow 2017 winner Evina Westbrook, who is signed to play for the Tennessee Lady Vols next season.

[ESPN]