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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.

Good luck trying to stop @thewendellmoore from getting to the basket. #CrownTown
— Jason Jordan (@JayJayUSATODAY) December 23, 2018

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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National Hoopfest: Despite reclass Anthony Edwards still not considering the G League option

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Last month when Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta) shooting guard Anthony Edwards announced that he was reclassifying from 2020 to 2019, his recruitment quite naturally went from laid back to intense overnight.
“It’s definitely picked up,” Edwards said.
College coaches are applying pressure with just four months left before the commencement of the NCAA’s Late Signing Period.
Makes sense since Edwards, who is ranked No. 2 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, is already projected to go No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
With that kind of buzz the poplar question is whether Edwards will be one of the players who opts for the G League’s new six-figure salary option.
The NBA announced recently that, beginning next year, select players would be able to earn $125,000 to play in its G League for a year before entering the NBA Draft.
Last month, prior to his reclassification, Edwards told USA Today Sports that G League route was “not for me.”
But Rod Strickland’s presence at Edwards’ game Friday night at the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest begs a revisit of that question.
Last month the NBA announced the hiring of Strickland, a 17-year NBA veteran and former college assistant, as program manager for the G League’s professional path program, which identifies elite high school players who would be NBA Draft early entry candidates if the one-and-done rule was not in place.
As it stands high school players must be one year removed from high school or be 19 to be eligible for the draft.
More than the six-figure salary, the lure of the G League’s professional path program is that, as pros, the players would be free to earn endorsement money. For example, DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick last June to the Phoenix Suns, signed a four-year, multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Puma.
“I’m still only focused on going to college,” said Edwards who posted 41 points and 14 rebounds in Holy Spirit’s 85-73 win over Archbishop Carroll at the National Hoopfest. “That’s just not for me. I’m not worried about the money, that’ll be there. I want to experience college. I’m excited about that.”
Edwards said he’ll take official visits to Duke, Florida State, Michigan State and Kansas, while Georgia, UCLA and others remain in the mix as well.
“I’m going to get the dates for my visits soon,” Edwards said. “I’m just looking for the school where I’ll develop the most. I’m not looking at who’s there, who committed there or anything like that; I just want to go where I can develop and take my game to another level.”
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Chosen 25 forward Vernon Carey Jr. commits to Duke

Duke checks in at No. 3 in the latest USA Today/Coaches Poll, but most experts and analysts agree that the road to the national title runs through Durham, N.C.
That standard isn’t likely to change next season with University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr. suiting up for the Blue Devils. The five-star forward made the announcement in a Thursday afternoon press conference at the school, televised live on ESPN’s SportsCenter.
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Carey, who is ranked No. 3 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, picked Duke over Michigan State and North Carolina.
“The reason why I chose Duke and Coach K is the recruiting class they’re bringing in this year,” Carey told ESPN’s Cari Champion. “Wendell Moore and Boogie Ellis, and hopefully some more guys will come with me.”
In Carey, Duke gets one of the biggest matchup problems in the country because of his versatility.
At 6-foot-10, Carey is a capable ball handler with the ability to create for his teammates, take his man off the dribble from the wing, knock down the perimeter jump shot and overpower and out-maneuver the opposition in the paint.
“They see me as a position-less player,” Carey told ESPN’s Seth Greenberg. “They said I can be anywhere on the court, so that worked well with me.”
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In October, Carey told USA Today Sports that he welcomed the idea of playing alongside another dominant big man; that should help immensely in Duke’s pursuit of La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) forward Isaiah Stewart, who is ranked No. 4 overall in the Chosen 25.
Last season, Carey averaged 26 points and 10.4 rebounds a game in route to leading the Sharks to a state title and the GEICO High School Nationals championship game.
Carey is Duke’s third commitment from the 2019 class, joining Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) wing Wendell Moore Jr., ranked No. 23 overall in the Chosen 25, and Mission Bay High School (San Diego) combo guard Boogie Ellis, ranked No. 25 overall in the Chosen 25.
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Chosen 25 forward Vernon Carey Jr. sets decision date

Vernon Carey Jr. is ready to upgrade the frontcourt of one college basketball’s most storied programs.
The University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) star forward announced via his Twitter on Saturday that he would make his college decision on Dec. 6.

I will announce my college decision this Thursday, December 6
— Vernon Carey Jr. (@vernoncarey22) December 1, 2018

Carey, who is ranked No. 3 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, is down to Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina.
In October at USA Basketball Minicamp, Carey told USA Today Sports that he welcomes playing with another dominant big man.
“I think it would be great,” said Carey, who was named to the ALL-USA preseason boys basketball team. “I feel like I have the type of game that can play with anyone. So, yeah, I’d love it.”

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Whoever lands Carey will add one of the country’s most versatile players; at 6-foot-10, Carey is a capable ball handler and playmaker with the ability to knockdown the perimeter jump shot and dominant in a variety of different ways in the low post.
Carey and the Sharks check in at No. 4 overall in the USA Today Super 25 rankings.
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The Isaiah Stewart Blog: Visiting Duke, NBA Young Boy, style tips and more

Isaiah Stewart is ranked No. 3 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019 after dominating the competition with La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) during the high school season and City Rocks (N.Y.) during the summer circuit season. That kind of play has got everyone from Duke to Michigan State to Villanova, among many others in hot pursuit. Now Stewart has agreed to give USA TODAY Sports exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his recruitment to his everyday life in a blog.
Isaiah Stewart here and I’m back to update you guys on what’s going on!
I know it’s been a while, but I’m here to let you know what’s been going on in Zay’s World!
I’ve been on a bunch of visits here lately that I want to tell you guys about.
The last visit I went on was to Michigan State and I had a ball there.
I got to hang out with the guys most of the visit and had a great time. I went to the football game and took in the atmosphere. It was just a visit where I got to really get a feel for what life would be like if I went there. I think the thing that stood out most is how close the players are. They really do hang out and do everything together. That was big because when it’s like that you know that you’re gonna have great chemistry that will lead to wins on the court.
The visit before that was to Syracuse and that was fun because it’s the hometown school. I got to meet with the guys and the coaching staff and they laid out the blueprint for me. They feel like I can be the special player that accomplish a lot of things like Carmelo Anthony did for them.
That’s big for me.
Before that visit was the Kentucky visit and that was a fun visit as well.
I got a chance to see the practice and the thing that stood out the most was how intense the guys were. I love that because I know they all just want to get better.
Coach Cal’s message was that I can come in and go to work. You just go with the opportunity there and if I work hard, hopefully, I’ll get a chance to leave achieve my dreams.
Duke is gonna be my last visit and that’s this weekend so I’m looking forward to that. I’m mostly looking forward to hanging out with the guys and just taking in what it would be like to go there.
I already have a great relationship with Coach K and the staff so I want to get the players’ take on everything.
I won’t be able to sign during the early period, but it’s all good. I can still commit. I’m not worried about not being able to sign. I would like to go ahead and make a commitment after the last visit, but it’s all about how I’m feeling and if I feel like I’m ready.
OK, right now I’m feeling really good about how my high school team is looking this season. We’ve just got a lot of talented guys that want to work and get better. We’re playing with a chip on shoulder this season and I’m excited about what we’ll be able to do.
Right now, we’re No. 6 in the USA Today Super 25 and I ain’t gonna lie that’s about five spots too low for us! We’re not stressing it; we’re just gonna work hard and prove it.
A few things I really want to work on individually is my finesse game. Everyone knows me for my strength and power, but I’ve added more to my game like going to the perimeter, facing up, putting the ball on the floor and all of that. That’s the way the game is being played now so I want to continue to polish that part of my game this season as I get ready for college.
School is going good for me right now too. I’m trying to finish up my first semester as strong a possible. My goal is to get three A’s and two B’s, but hopefully I’m gonna pull out all A’s.
OK, let’s get in to this music real quick; right now I’m listening to NBA YoungBoy. He’s the best out right now to me. That’s who I’m throwing on in the headphones before a game. Then I’m listening to Lil Baby, YG, Lil Uzi and I’m also listening to my boy Nahziah Carter. He plays for Washington and he’s actually Jay Z’s nephew, but he’s nice on the mic too.
He keeps it on the low, but he sends me his unreleased songs and they’re tough!
Of course I’m still listening to that reggae heavy too! Always.
I want to add in a little fashion tips in my blog too because I love to look good off the court. I’m always looking at different styles. I always like looking nice and presentable no matter what. I’d have to say my go-to look is a Nike suit with a fresh pair of Jordans.
Now if I’m trying to get dripped-up I’m gonna throw on some gold, put the earrings in, put some cut-up jeans on, nice pair or fly J’s or some Balenciaga’s! I can get dripped up a lil’ bit!
OK, guys I appreciate you checking out my latest blog and I’ll be back soon to let you know how the Duke visit went and what’s next for me.
Shoutout to you guys for keeping up with my blog!
Thanks again for tuning in with your boy Zay!
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Chosen 25 guard Boogie Ellis commits to Duke

Last month when Cox Mill High School (Concord, N.C.) wing Wendell Moore Jr. committed to Duke he hinted that the Blue Devils would “soon” be reeling in more five-star talent to accompany him in Durham, N.C., next season.
That prediction came to fruition Friday night when Mission Valley High School (San Diego) combo guard Boogie Ellis committed to the Blue Devils over North Carolina, Memphis, USC and San Diego State.

110% committed ……….thank you to my San Diego AllStars (SDA) family and Oakland soldier family for putting me on the biggest stage Mission Bay High School for standing behind me and all my teammates and coaches that have been there with me through this process #salute
— Boogie Ellis (@BoogieEllis) November 10, 2018

Ellis, who is ranked No. 25 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, was one of the most dynamic scorers this summer on the Nike EYBL, averaging 17 points per game and draining 46 percent of his threes for the Oakland Soldiers.
Ellis and Moore, who is ranked No. 22 overall in the Chosen 25, make up Duke’s current recruiting haul for the 2019 class, but the Blue Devils are still very much in-play for elite frontcourt stars like University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) forward Vernon Carey Jr., ranked No. 2 overall in the Chosen 25, and La Lumiere School (La Porte, Ind.) forward Isaiah Stewart, ranked No. 3 overall in the Chosen 25.
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