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Roy Williams sees 5-star small forward Wendell Moore fitting in as a guard in his system.

North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels view Wendell Moore as guard

Cody Pace

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Tar Heels recruit 5-star SF Wendell Moore as a guard

When it comes to recruiting, it’s just as important to understand how a school plans to use a player as it is to know who they’re recruiting.

For some prospects, it’s obvious. Take 5-star centers Will Baker, of Austin (Texas) Westlake, and Armando Bacot, of Richmond (Va.) Trinity Episcopal. Baker is listed at 6-foot-9 and Bacot at 6-10. It’s nearly impossible to imagine either playing anything but the four or five in any system.

Then there are prospects such as Wendell Moore from Concord, N.C. Listed as a 6-5 small forward, Moore is a little undersized for a typical Division I forward but big for a guard. There’s likely to be some variation in how teams plan to use a player like him.

In an interview with Rivals’ Deana King, Moore offered insight into just that. He indicated North Carolina is recruiting him as a guard.

What that means in Roy Williams’ offense is a little fluid. Moore could play the role of Theo Pinson or Cameron Johnson. Although both players are bigger than Moore, both filled that hybrid role while scoring in the double-digits and pulling down around 5 rebounds per game.

But it is also possible that, if North Carolina lands two of the Bacot, Baker and 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt trio, Moore could play more of a straight-up shooting guard. He certainly has showcased the ability to do so, averaging 25.4 points per game while shooting 49 percent from the floor and 32 percent from 3-point range during his junior season at Cox Mill High School.

Where things stand with Moore

As for where Moore is with his recruiting process, not much has changed since he announced his top five this month.

Moore told King he will not cut his list any further before committing. North Carolina has stayed in constant communication and the Tar Heels’ coaching staff has continued to offer him advice from a game perspective, which has left a positive impression on the nation’s No. 4 small forward and No. 19 overall player.

Tar Heels offer elite DB Jordan Battle

North Carolina extended an offer to 4-star safety Jordan Battle, one of the top prospects in the Class of 2019, on Friday. He attends St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Battle is ranked as the No. 11 safety and No. 171 overall player in the Class of 2019. He has already accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America game, and he has received an invitation to The Opening finals.

Battle has 26 offers, including Clemson, Miami and LSU among others. Ohio State is believed to be the favorite.

It’s possible, though unlikely, that North Carolina could get seriously involved here given the long-entrenched blue-bloods. LSU, on the other hand, could be a major player. Although it only recently got involved, Battle tweeted #dreamschool with his announcement that LSU had offered on Wednesday.

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