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Cox Mill’s Wendell Moore Jr. is the state’s top basketball recruit in the class of 2019

Cox Mill’s Wendell Moore
Cox Mill’s Wendell Moore Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer

Cox Mill High’s Wendell Moore is the No. 1 recruit in the state among rising sophomores, according to the Phenom Hoop Report, a regional recruiting service.

Last season, Moore, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound wing, averaged 17.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals for Cox Mill, which lost 80-69 to rival and eventual N.C. 3A state champ Concord Robinson in the state quarterfinals.

“He has size, strength, athleticism and an advanced skill set,” said Rick Lewis, founder of the 7-year-old Phenom Hoop Report. More than 140 Division I schools have a yearly subscription to his service, which covers the Carolinas, Virginia and Indiana. “In addition, he has a unbelievable basketball IQ and a mature approach to the game. Most important, he’s one of the most unselfish team players I’ve seen with his skill set.”

Moore, a MaxPreps freshman All-American, participated in the Nike top 100 camp in St. Louis this summer with some of the nation’s top high school stars. Moore is ranked No. 6 nationally by Future 150, a national scouting service, and No. 26 by 247sports, another national service.

“He’s a high major plus kid,” Lewis said, “so he’s going to have all the elite level programs recruiting him such as Duke, Kentucky, (North) Carolina. But the thing with Wendell, when you watch him play, he’s not the type of player that has to have the ball in his hands to be effective. He’s probably, to me, the perfect teammate because he takes over the game when he has to but he also allows his teammates to stand out as well.”

Moore, who turns 15 Sept. 18, played this summer for Chris Paul’s travel team -- playing up in grade with a team of rising juniors. Prior to that, in February, he picked up an offer from North Carolina, a rare freshman to get an offer from Tar Heels coach Roy Williams. Moore also has offers from Charlotte, Georgia, N.C. State, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

Coaches from Clemson, Kentucky, Maryland, Oregon, Tulane and Virginia Tech have told Moore’s father, Wendell Sr., that they plan to come and watch him during fall workouts at Cox Mill.

Moore will take an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech this weekend. Moore carries a 4.0625 GPA taking advanced level classes.

▪ Other Observer-area players ranked in the N.C. 2019 list: No. 4 B.J. Mack, Charlotte Christian; No. 7 Raquan Brown, Rocky River; No. 13 Patrick Williams, West Charlotte; No. 14 Jayln Withers, North Mecklenburg; No. 17 J.C. Tharrington, Charlotte Christian; No. 23 Myles Pierre, Carmel Christian; No. 28 Donovan Gregory, Carmel Christian; No. 32 Jackson Gabriel, Lincoln Charter; No. 35 Shyheed Williams, Garinger; No. 36 Mikey Maddox, Myers Park; No. 37 Matthew Smith, Independence; No. 42 Lavonte Knox, Lincoln Charter; No. 43 Andra McKee, Independence; No. 46 Jibril McCormick, Hough; No. 52 Ryan McLaurin, Country Day; No. 56 Malcolm Morgan, Cox Mill; No. 58 Nas Tyson, Forest Hills; No. 60T Bryce Williams, Hopewell and Sam Wolfe, Carmel Christian

▪ In the S.C. 2019 rankings, York Prep 6-8 center D.J. Burns is No. 4, Fort Mill Nation Ford guard Zeb Graham is fifth, Rock Hill Northwestern guard Zay Martin is No. 24 and Fort Mill guard Shamon Alston is No. 31.

▪ Lewis said he plans to release his 2018 rankings Wednesday and 2017 rankings Thursday.

Phenom Hoop Report N.C. 2019 Recruiting Rankings

Rank

First

Last

Height

City

School

1

Wendell

Moore

6'6"

Concord

Cox Mill

2

Josh

Nickelberry

6'4"

Fayetteville

Trinity Christian

3

Joey

Baker

6'7"

Fayetteville

Trinity Christian

4

BJ

Mack

6'8"

Charlotte

Charlotte Christian

5

Damian

Dunn

6'5"

Kinston

Kinston

6

Deaundre

Wilkins

6'10"

High Point

Wesleyan Christian

7

Raquan

Brown

6'3"

Mint Hill

Rocky River

8

Keyshaun

Langley

6'1"

High Point

Soutwest Guilford

9

Kobe

Langley

6'1"

High Point

Soutwest Guilford

10

Shawn

Walker Jr

6'5"

High Point

Wesleyan Christian

11

Imajae

Dodd

6'7"

Snow Hill

Greene Central

12

Justin

McKoy

6'7"

Cary

Panther Creek

13

Patrick

Williams

6'4"

Charlotte

West Charlotte

14

Jalyn

Withers

6'7"

Huntersville

North Mecklenburg

15

Greg

Gannt

6'7"

Fayetteville

Trinity Christian

16

Jamal

King

6'5"

Wilson

Wayne Country Day

17

JC

Tharrington

6'1"

Charlotte

Charlotte Christian

18

Jalen

Benjamin

5'8"

Raleigh

Leesville Road

19

Nick

Evtimov

6'7"

Lewisville

Forsyth Country Day

20

Max

Farthing

6'7"

Fuquay Varina

TBD

21

RJ

Wilson

6'7"

Raleigh

Leesville Road

22

William

Onyeobi

6'6"

Fayetteville

Fayetteville Christian

23

Myles

Pierre

6'2"

Charlotte

Carmel Christian

24

Nick

Brown

6'2"

High Point

Westchester Country Day

25

John Michael

Wright

6'2

Fayetteville

Fayetteville Christian

26

Chaz

Gwyn

6'2"

Winston-Salem

W-S Prep

27

Emmanuel

Izunbar

6'9"

Fayetteville

Fayetteville Academy

28

Donovan

Gregory

6'4"

Charlotte

Northside Christian

29

Quest

Alredge

6'2"

Winston-Salem

Mt Tabor

30

Michael

Fowler

6'8"

Raleigh

Cary Academy

31

Zeke

Littlejohn

6'2"

Kings Mountain

Kings Mountain

32

Jackson

Gabriel

6'2"

Denver

Lincoln Charter

33

Caleb

Mills

6'3"

Asheville

Carolina Day School

34

Josh

Hall

6'6"

Durham

Cary Academy

35

Shyheed

Williams

6'4"

Charlotte

Garinger

36

Mikey

Maddox

5'11"

Charlotte

Myers Park

37

Matthew

Smith

6'5"

Charlotte

Independence

38

Jamarhi

Harvey

6'4"

Fayetteville

Freedom Christian

39

Sherod

Sidbury

6'3"

Wilmington

Laney

40

Cliff

Harris

6'3"

Winston-Salem

Calvary Baptist

41

Tristan

Perry

6'

Greensboro

Greensboro Day

42

Lavonte

Knox

6'

Denver

Lincoln Charter

43

Andra

McKee

6'

Charlotte

Independence

44

Malik

Vesley

6'7"

Charlotte

Myers Park

45

Ja'Ny

Alston

6'7"

Carrboro

Carrboro

46

Jibril

McCormick

6'4"

Cornelius

Hough

47

Marcotis

Hall

6'6"

Durham

Kestrel Heights

48

Cameron

Caroway

6'4

Winston-Salem

Calvary Baptist

49

Zach

Shumate

6'6"

Wilkesboro

Wilkes Central

50

Landon

Henley

6'6"

Clyde

Tuscola

51

Jackson

Gammons

6'1"

High Point

Calvary Baptist

52

Rylan

McLaurin

5'10"

Charlotte

Charlotte Country Day

53

Raishaun

Brown

5'11

Asheville

Carolina Day

54

Jalen

Crawley

6'1

Winston Salem

W-S Prep

55

Jalen

Anderson

6'1"

Wilmington

New Hanover

56

Malcolm

Morgan

5'8

Charlotte

Cox Mill

57

Emery

Simmons

6'2

Fayetteville

Trinity Christian

58

Nas

Tyson

6'2

Monroe

Forest Hills

59

Isaiah

Wilder

6'3

Goldsboro

Goldsboro

60

Bryce

Williams

6'4

Charlotte

Hopewell

60

Sam

Wolfe

6'6"

Charlotte

Carmel Christian

**Last Updated August 2016

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