North Carolina recruiting: Decision could come ‘soon’ for 5-star SF Wendell Moore

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Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the DieHards.com team. Read his daily notebooks here at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we discuss 5-star 2019 small forward Wendell Moore, who could make his decision soon.


North Carolina is a little over a week removed from its top commitment in three years after 5-star small forward Nassir Little chose the Tar Heels on Oct. 5.

The wait for the next elite prospect likely won’t be as long. In fact, it could come sooner rather than later.

Speaking with media, including Scout’s Sean Moran, over the weekend at the USA Junior National Team minicamp in Colorado Springs, Colo., 5-star Class of 2019 small forward Wendell Moore said that his decision could come “soon.”

“It’s been really busy for me,” Moore told Moran. “I think it is going to come to an end soon. Sometime late November, early December.”

Moore, the No. 7 small forward and No. 22 overall player in the Class of 2019, has been considered a heavy North Carolina lean for some time. The Concord, N.C. native is a high school teammate of 2018 4-star guard/forward commit Rechon Black at Cox Mill and his proximity to Chapel Hill has resulted in three visits already in 2017, including the Louisville football game in September when the national champion basketball team was honored on the field.

The relationship is so strong already that Moore said he believes he’s the Tar Heels’ top priority in the Class of 2019.

“[Roy Williams] always tells me what a big priority I am for them,” said Moore. “I mean, I’m probably their biggest priority in the class of 2019. He’s always telling me things I can do to get better. He told me to work on my left hand, the catch and shoot 3s. A lot of coaches told me that, but he really makes it a point to tell me what I need to do to get better and produce at a high level.”

In addition to North Carolina, Moore is also considering Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Washington. He’s also been offered by Florida and Syracuse and has been scouted by Duke, Kentucky and Kansas.

Moore will be on campus again with Black this weekend for “Late Night with Roy,” which unofficially kicks off the basketball season.

Black has played a big role in the recruitment of Moore, whom he identified as his top target when he spoke with Tar Heels DieHards in September.

“I think him being so young and just having a good feel for the game, he plays so mature for his age and his body’s just physically bigger than most kids up there, so it’s a scary thought for when he gets to college,” Black said. “He’s just physically bigger and mature. I just like the way he plays.”

DT Jalen Alexander to commit Thursday

North Carolina football lost a commit over the weekend, but could it gain one back before the week’s end?

If it does, that commitment will come from 3-star Chesapeake, Va. defensive tackle Jalen Alexander, who’s set to announce his decision at Western Branch High School on Thursday. He’ll decide between N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Maryland and the Tar Heels.

Alexander’s relationship with North Carolina was late-developing. After he’d already put together a top-five list, North Carolina came in, crashed the party, and caused him to blow up his list and include the Tar Heels.

Now that he’s concluded his visits, he’s ready to make his announcement. Maryland is expected to be the school he selects on Thursday, but it can be harder to gauge when a team gets involved late like North Carolina did.


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