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North Carolina got good news from 5-star small forward Wendell Moore but missed out on 4-star small forward Jalen Wilson.

North Carolina recruiting: Wendell Moore, Jalen Wilson cut down lists of finalists

Cody Pace

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Recruiting lists take shape

The last couple weeks, North Carolina has been out taking advantage of the spring evaluation periods.

But last weekend was the first since the quiet period began that coaches weren’t allowed to scout. Now with coaches limited to on-campus contact until July, 2019 prospects will have time to digest their contact with coaches from the last several months and start to pare down their lists to a smaller group of schools to focus on come the fall.

Two Tar Heels targets have already taken advantage of this.

North Carolina cracks top 5 for 5-star SF Wendell Moore

It was only a matter of time before 5-star small forward Wendell Moore cut down his list. He has discussed doing so quite a bit of late.

North Carolina made Moore’s top 5, which will be the group of schools to get his official visits.

He won’t have to travel for any of those visits, either. In addition to North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State, Wake Forest and South Carolina made it.

It’s no surprise that North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest made the top 5 for the nation’s No. 5 small forward and No. 24 overall player in the 247Sports composite 2019 rankings. Those are the three schools that have pushed the hardest for Moore, not to mention he’s expressed a desire to stay close to home, as evidenced by this top 5.

Duke is a heavy favorite to land Moore after it seemed back in October like Moore was on the verge of committing to the Tar Heels. Once the Blue Devils offered, Moore looked harder at his other options and Duke has surged among his industry predictions.

Moore is still working out his official visits, but he does have one set up already with N.C. State. That visit is slated for Sept. 1, Moore told Pat Lawless of Prep Circuit.

Tar Heels whiff on 4-star SF Jalen Wilson

At the end of March, North Carolina showed an uptick in interest in 4-star Denton (Texas) Guyer High small forward Jalen Wilson.

Roy Williams visited Wilson in March and watched him during both evaluation periods. But unlike Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Day’Ron Sharpe, or Keion Brooks, Wilson didn’t get an offer.

While it’s unclear just how interested North Carolina was, it doesn’t seem like it matters much now. When Wilson announced his top 6 on Monday, the Tar Heels weren’t included. Those spots went to Baylor, Marquette, Kansas, Michigan, Oklahoma State and UCLA.

All six schools that made the cut for Wilson have offered, so it’s possible that there could be reshuffling of this list if North Carolina decided to offer. But that seems unlikely at this point.

Wilson falls just short of 5-star status in the 247Sports composite, coming in as the No. 8 small forward and No. 28 overall player in the Class of 2019. 247Sports’ own evaluators are higher on Wilson, giving him 5-star status as the No. 4 small forward and No. 15 overall player.

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