Grades for each Duke basketball player thru 6 games

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1. Duke basketball forward Wendell Moore

  • 17.5 points per game
  • 6.3 rebounds per game
  • 5.7 assists per game
  • 1.3 steals per game
  • 0.0 blocks per game
  • 1.7 turnovers per game
  • 42-for-73 from the field (57.5 percent)
  • 10-for-30 beyond the arc (33.3 percent)
  • 11-for-15 from the foul line (73.3 percent)
  • 31.2 minutes per game

This season, Wendell Moore has been nothing short of an utter delight as a starring co-captain for the Duke Blue Devils. In other words, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound junior is no longer what he used to be: a mistake or brick waiting to happen. No, nowadays, the Duke basketball complaints department shouldn’t be fielding any calls regarding the Charlotte native’s play.

By way of his 19-10-10 showing earlier in the season and his double-digit scoring outings with at least four rebounds and three assists in every game to date, Moore is putting his past critics on notice by cementing himself as a potential triple-double waiting to happen game in and game out. Meanwhile, he’s become a solid outside shooter and oh-so-grownup voice in the huddle.

He’s putting himself in the ACC Player of the Year discussion. And at least in this early going, one could even claim Moore’s epic jump this season is reminiscent of the gains by former Blue Devils Nolan Smith and Quinn Cook while playing pivotal roles in helping the program win national championships in 2010 and 2015, respectively.

Grade: 98 (A+)

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Indeed, Duke needs this new version of Wendell Moore, not to mention most or all of the guys before him here with lesser grades, to ace the Gonzaga test on Friday night.