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Strong Showing for Wendell Moore at USA Camp

Sophomore Tar Heel target made a recent visit to Chapel Hill.

COLORADO SPRINGS -- Wendell Moore remains a significant target for North Carolina in the Class of 2019 as the Tar Heels made an offer to the in-state wing earlier this year and hosted Moore for another on-campus visit this fall.

The Concord (N.C.) Cox Mill wing took an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Sept. 24, which included playing pickup with a lot of recruits, current North Carolina players and even recent NBA Tar Heels.

"The last [visit] I went to at Carolina, it was great," Moore said. "I played pickup with the guys and they were just teaching me a lot. Marcus (Paige) and Brice (Johnson) came back to play with us and that was just a great experience playing with some NBA guys."

Moore had a particularly insightful talk with Paige.

"Marcus, he talked to me while I was there. He was talking about how the spacing in the NBA is a whole lot more than it is [in high school and college] and how ball screen and pick-and-roll type actions work," Moore said.

In talks with the Carolina coaching staff, Moore revealed that the Tar Heels aren't specifying a projected position.

"They just want me as a player. They really don't know what position I'm going to play yet because I'm so versatile as a player but they just want me to be a player," Moore said.

Working on his game this fall, Moore has tried to become the type of player that can do a little bit of everything. At the USA Basketball Junior Mini-Camp, Moore had a strong showing as a versatile, attack-minded wing.

"My game has really increased since the summer. My role in the summer is a stretch four. Now I can play the point guard, two guard and play multiple positions," said Moore, whose college-ready frame measured in at the camp at 6-4.5, 210 pounds with a 6-11 wingspan.

"I see myself as a point guard now. I'm always a point guard, two guard, but I'll play the three if needed."

The USA camp matched Moore up with and against some of the top players in the nation, which proved to be a good measuring stick for Moore's development.

"It's one of the best experiences I've had as a player. You're playing against all the best players in each class and it's a great opportunity for me," Moore said. "[I've figured out here] this game is mostly speed. The older players play faster and you just have to catch up to that as you're playing."

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