Duke basketball: Top five candidates to lead Blue Devils in rebounds

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Duke basketball forward Wendell Moore puts back a rebound for a game-winning score at North Carolina (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

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Candidates to lead the next Duke basketball team in rebounds: Wendell Moore

While the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Wendell Moore typically hangs out on the perimeter more so than in the paint, the small forward’s ability to corral 7.1 boards per 40 minutes last season speaks to his Gumby-like limbs, sturdy build, and innate skills in this area.

Should Mike Krzyzewski opt to play small-ball lineups more often than not next season, Moore could see significant time at the four-spot and thereby be in a position to be a rebounding machine. The former four-star recruit and North Carolina native definitely found himself in the right place at the right time to haul in, then put back for two game-winning points, Duke’s sweetest rebound last season:

Predicted rebounds per game for Wendell Moore next season: 4.5

All in all, even without a giant presence like Vernon Carey Jr. in town, Wendell Moore, Jalen Johnson, Matthew Hurt, Henry Coleman, Mark Williams, and Patrick Tape — not to mention four-star newcomer Jaemyn Brakefield — should give Duke a deep collection of solid performers on the glass while ensuring the Blue Devils rank among the top 25 or so rebounding teams in all the land.

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