Category: Crown Town Classic

Crown Town Classic: Duke commit Wendell Moore Jr. confident on landing Isaiah Stewart

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Back in October when Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) wing Wendell Moore Jr. committed to Duke, he was adamant that he wouldn’t be the last high-profile player that the Blue Devils would land in the 2019 class.
Moore, who checks in No. 23 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25, made good on his promise; since his commitment the Blue Devils have reeled in two fellow Chosen 25 players in Mission Bay High School (San Diego) combo guard Boogie Ellis, who is ranked No. 25 overall, and University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr., who is ranked No. 3 overall.

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Now Moore is “confident” that the Blue Devils aren’t done.
“I feel like Isaiah (Stewart) will be the next one that commits to ‘The Brotherhood,” Moore said referring to Duke. “I’d say it’s close with us and a couple other schools, but at the end of the day I think we’ll end up getting him.”
Stewart, a forward at La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.), is ranked No. 4 overall in the Chosen 25; picking him up would give Duke the country’s No. 1 recruiting class.
“We’re trying to make that happen,” said Moore, who scored 25 points in Cox Mill’s 75-61 win over No. 24 Greensboro (N.C.) Day School Saturday night at the Crown Town Classic. “I talk to him twice a week, but that’s more because we’re real friends. I don’t always talk about Duke, we talk about everything.”
Moore contends that life has been a lot easier since he ended his recruitment a couple months back; now he’s laser-focused on trying to pull off the ever-elusive state title three-peat.
The Chargers are 8-0.
“It’s gonna be hard,” said Moore, who is averaging 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists this season. “People always say it’s hard to do it twice, so it’s even harder to do it three times. We have seven seniors so we have the experience and the talent; we just have to put it together.”
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Crown Town Classic: Virginia commit Carson McCorkle grew after USA Basketball 3-on-3 experience

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As competitive as Greensboro (N.C.) Day combo guard Carson McCorkle is he subscribes to the old cliché that the good thing about losses are the lessons learned as a result.
Never did that become clearer than when McCorkle and USA Basketball’s 3-on-3 national team failed to medal in Buenos Aires this past summer.
“It was a humbling experience,” said McCorkle, a junior who is committed to Virginia. “Of course because I was able to represent my country, but also because we got to play against grown men who were more experienced than us. I feel like the whole experience helped me grow as a player.”
The 3-on-3 games were played in a half-court setting with a 12-second shot clock. First team to 21 won the game or whichever team was leading at the end of 10 minutes.
“It’s all about movement and moving the ball around,” said McCorkle, who scored 12 points in No. 24 Greensboro Day’s 75-61 loss to Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) Saturday night at the Crown Town Classic. “The European players move the ball extremely fast and it’s really hard to beat teams that are constantly moving and cutting and screening. I’ve really tried to carry that over to my high school season.”
This season, McCorkle is averaging 15 points, three assists and five rebounds a game on a Bengals squad that has three players averaging in double figures.
Greensboro Day is the reigning NCISAA Class 3-A state champion.
“It’s a new challenge this year because I have a bigger role,” McCorkle said. “My biggest thing is movement and communication. I feel like I’ve gotten better, but I want to keep growing in those areas. When I look back on my experience this summer, of course I would’ve wanted to win, but I still won because it helped me get a lot better.”
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