Duke Basketball: Wendell Moore set to announce decision on Monday

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Could five-star 2019 forward Wendell Moore provide the good news that Duke basketball fans have been not-so-patiently awaiting?

On Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of his Cox Mill High School in Concord, N.C., Duke basketball target Wendell Moore will announce which program he plans to join, according to his tweet on Thursday.

At the end of August, the five-star small forward from the class of 2019 cut his list to four schools: Duke, N.C. State, UNC, and Wake Forest.

Moore has already taken three of his four planned official visits: to N.C. State on the weekend of Sept. 1, to Wake Forest on the weekend of Sept. 7, and, most recently, to Duke on the weekend of Sept. 22. He had scheduled a visit to UNC for the weekend of Oct. 12, but now that he plans to announce his final choice before that date, it doesn’t seem likely that visit will ever take place (possibly a bad sign for the Tar Heels).

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The Blue Devils’ recruitment of Moore has been led by former Duke small forward and current assistant coach Chris Carrawell, whose son, Caleb Stone-Carrawell, just so happens to be a teammate of Moore and fellow senior at Cox Mill (possibly a good sign for the Blue Devils).

Currently, 93 percent of the experts at 247Sports’ Crystal Ball are predicting that the 6-foot-5, 210-pound Moore will land at Duke. The other seven percent peg him as a future Tar Heel.

The 247Sports Composite ranks Moore as the No. 23 overall prospect in his class and No. 6 at his position. He is a versatile player who could handle playing from either a wing or guard position.

In terms of comparisons to former Duke basketball players, Moore seems to possess many of the same qualities as the guy tabbed to recruit him — Carrawell. While his athleticism is not through the roof, his decision-making is. In addition, the two-time state champion has a reputation as a mature leader on his squad and a determined defender.

Duke has yet to land a single recruit for its 2019 class. As a result, many Blue Devils fans have resorted to panicking. With none of Duke’s other six targets likely to commit before Moore, his announcement on Monday will either give fans a reason to relax a bit or exacerbate their recruiting-related anxiety if he pulls a hat out of a bag with a Wolf, Deacon, or Heel on it.

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