Some surprises: Ranking Duke basketball’s 10 key players thru 20 games

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player. 434. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Wendell Moore. 6. Freshman. Forward

  • Games played: 14
  • Games started: 5
  • Minutes per game: 22.1
  • Points per game: 7.4
  • Rebounds per game: 3.9
  • Assists per game: 2.0
  • Steals per game: 1.1
  • Blocks per game: 0.1
  • Field goal percentage: 44.6
  • 3-point percentage: 42.9
  • Free throw percentage: 72.0
  • Grade: B (85)

Duke basketball freshman small forward Wendell Moore has missed the past six games after breaking a bone in his right hand during the 95-62 win at Miami on Jan. 4. Against Pitt on Tuesday night, though, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Concord, N.C., native was in uniform, suggesting his return to action is close at hand.

Prior to the injury, Moore was showing signs that the college game was slowing down for him. After averaging 2.9 turnovers and 2.3 fouls across his first eight outings, he decreased those numbers to 1.7 and 1.8, respectively, across his past six games.

Moore’s length, athleticism, and determination have added to the Blue Devils’ exceptional perimeter defense.

On the other end, even though he doesn’t have the prettiest shot, he’s wise in his shot selection and has a knack for finding offensive rebounds (1.9 per game). Furthermore, as one of only a couple of gifted slashers on the squad, his driving ability should continue to be an asset after he returns.