"Taking that next chapter in my life is hard", Carter said.
Carter's decision to leave Duke after one year should not come as a shock to anyone, but the lengthy decision process made fans wonder how serious Carter was about staying at Duke for another year.
With senior Grayson Allen also headed for the NBA, Duke will lose its entire starting lineup from last season. Carter joins fellow freshmen Marvin Bagley III, Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval, who each stated their intention to hire an agent, meaning they can not withdraw from the draft and return to school.
Carter becomes the fourth member of Duke's freshman class to turn pro this offseason, joining Gary Trent Jr., Trevon Duval and Bagley.
"It was such an honor to coach Wendell", Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "He and his family were a true joy to have in our program and they'll always be in our program".
"I want to thank Duke University, my coaches and teammates for helping me so much, not only on the court, but off it as well", Carter said. A good combine could solidify Carter's chances of going in the lottery.
"We're all brothers, we all have each others' backs. He really represented himself, his family and Duke in a first-class manner, and whoever gets him is going to be very lucky".
Carter averaged 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and a team-best 2.05 blocks as part of a one-two punch in the low post with fellow freshman Marvin Bagley III.