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Blue Devils get on the board in 2019, 5-star Wendell Moore commits to Duke

When it came to his final four, Wendell Moore played a little four corners. For Moore, a 5-star small forward from Concord, it came down to Duke, North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest. The Tobacco Road is strong in Moore, ranked No. 27 overall in the 2019 class, per 247 Sports. It’s even strong now: Moore has committed to…

During the month of September, Moore took official visits to three of those schools: NC State (Sept. 1), Wake Forest (Sept. 7) and Duke (Sept. 22). His recruitment to Duke was led by first-year assistant coach Chris Carrawell. This is the first big get for Carrawell, who joined the staff late March after the departure of Jeff Capel to Pittsburgh.

Duke offered Moore a scholarship last October. North Carolina, however, offered Moore a scholarship back in 2016. He’s a part of the Team USA youth basketball system, and played with the CP3 All-Stars in the Nike EYBL circuit (17.7 points per game, 52.9 FG%).

Moore becomes the first commitment of Duke’s 2019 class, too. After missing out of other 2019 5-star wings — Josiah James (Tennessee) and Bryan Antoine (Villanova) — this is a solid addition for the Blue Devils.

According to Max Preps, the 6-foot-5 Moore averaged 25.4 points and 2.9 assists per game in the 2017-18 season at Cox Mill High School.

Over the last four years, Duke has really recruited the Carolinas well. Moore joins a list with Zion Williamson, Harry Giles and Brandon Ingram of 5-star players from North or South Carolina to commit to Duke in recent years.

Duke continues to track some of the other top 2019 targets, like Vernon Carey Jr., Isaiah Stewart, Cole Anthony and Boogie Ellis. Carey plans to visit Duke next Friday.

 

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