Duke lands five-star recruit Wendell Moore

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Duke has its first commitment for 2019, and, guess what, it’s a five-star prospect.

Wendell Moore, a top-25 recruit, committed to the Blue Devils on Monday, picking coach Mike Krzyzewski’s program over fellow ACC contenders North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest.

“Duke because just the family atmosphere that they have,” Moore told 247Sports. “Just seeing how the guys come back and that really hit home for me and I wanted to be a part of that.

“Their play style fits me perfect, they have a Hall of Fame coach in Coach K and all the assistants played for coach K and had good careers in the NBA.

“I just feel like I can learn a lot from those four.”

Moore is a 6-foot-5 wing from North Carolina who grew up cheering for the Blue Devils.

“It’s always been a dream of mine,” Moore said, “ever since I was little Duke has always been my favorite school so when I was there I was just thinking that, that could be me wearing that Duke jersey and it was a surreal moment.”

Moore is the latest in a long line of five-star recruits to join Coach K’s program, and further evidence that Duke’s recruiting, which has grown to rival (and maybe surpass, depending on who you ask) Kentucky’s, will continue to hum along just fine with former top-assistant Jeff Capel returning to the head coaching ranks at Pitt. Moore has also been a stalwart for USA Basketball, helping Team USA win golds at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 and 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, where he started every game and averaged 8.4 points and three rebounds per game.

Moore may be K’s first commit for the 2019 class, but here’s guessing he’ll be joined by a few other players that share his five-star ranking.