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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 pic.twitter.com/Ux0AGKfYpu
— 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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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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