Trouble ahead: Predicting entire Duke basketball roster next season

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Pick Analysis. Forward. 6-6, 215. Wendell Moore. Scouting Report. So.. player. 434

No. 29 on the 247Sports 2019 Composite

Among all these predicted 2020-21 Duke basketball players, the inclusion of Wendell Moore comes with a relatively low level of confidence. Why? Despite needing some tweaks to both his shot and moves — in early games this season, he was too full-steam-ahead on drives — the North Carolinian’s length, strength, and pure athleticism have him fitting into the mold NBA scouts are always chasing.

While some 2020 mock drafts have Moore in the first round, most seem to either peg him a second-rounder or leave his name off altogether.

Combine these three observations:

  1. Moore is likely to miss a full month or more of this season due to his ongoing recovery from a broken bone in his right hand during Duke’s win at Miami on Jan. 4.
  2. Though his averages of 7.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.0 assists don’t tell the full story for the 14 games he has played in, they’re less than eye-popping, nonetheless.
  3. He grew up with Duke basketball posters on his bedroom walls.

Conclusion? He’ll be back next season (at least that’s the best guess for now). If so, Moore’s noteworthy defense and improving offense would surely complement well the following incoming prize — an aggressive, versatile scorer…