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Doral Moore will forgo his final season at Wake; will remain in the NBA Draft, start pro career

According to a report from Les Johns of Demon Deacon Digest, Doral Moore is prepared to forgo his final season at Wake Forest, and remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.

This isn’t too much of a surprise; last month, Doral Moore and Bryant Crawford both announced that they planned to test the NBA Draft waters. This new report, it seems, means that Moore will go ahead and sign with an agent, too. That would be new, and would mean that Moore would be ineligible to return to Wake Forest.

Currently, there’s no update on Crawford.

(Update: Wake Forest and Doral Moore have confirmed the report — he’s headed to the pros.)

 

Doral Moore, the prospect

The 7-foot-1 Moore is a raw prospect, who improved greatly as a junior. He nearly averaged a double-double this season — 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds — while shooting 68.9 percent from the floor.

According to Synergy Sports, 97 percent of Moore’s field goal attempts this season came around the basket — on put-backs, cuts or post-ups. Moore shot 81 percent and scored 1.66 points per possession on non-post-ups at the rim, which ranks second in the nation, per Synergy.

Moore finished second in the ACC with 86 dunks this season; Duke’s Marvin Bagley was tops with 97.

The biggest red flag surrounding Moore pertains to his defense. Yes, he can be a force blocking shots around the rim; however, he struggles defending in space. In the go-go spread pick-and-roll NBA, Moore’s inability to defend ball screens could be exposed quickly. (If he manages to improve in this regard, though, there’s possibly a future for Moore as a rim-running center.)

 

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